Bodger's Shavehorse

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Project by grfrazee posted 07-20-2015 12:36 AM 1129 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got tired of using my workbench tail vise for shaving spindles and handles and decided to make a shavehorse.

Having looked at a couple different designs, I decided to go with a traditional bodger’s-style shavehorse. This was based partly on material availability, partly on my planned projects, and partly on build ease. I managed to knock this together using (mostly) hand tools in about six hours. Wood is pine, and the swinging arm pivots on solid 1/2” steel rod. The rods have fender washers and are held in place by hitch pins for ease of removal.

There are still some tweaks I want to make to the design and undoubtedly I will find more that I want to make as I use it more. I didn’t have any plans to work off of and kind of made it up as I went.

Thanks for looking.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#1 posted 07-20-2015 04:23 AM

That looks like it will do well, nice work on the fly there.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#2 posted 07-20-2015 01:25 PM

^ I second that.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 07-20-2015 02:41 PM

These can be very handy. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 07-20-2015 07:25 PM

I good and useful tool.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 07-20-2015 09:52 PM

Very nice. High on my project list.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 07-21-2015 12:31 PM

Thanks for the comments, everyone!

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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