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Project by DocT posted 11-18-2009 05:34 PM 8891 views 23 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally took the time to build a nice shaving horse for myself, and I hope that it will come in handy on a set of Windsor chairs that I am planning.

While building my garden bench contest entry, I had finally had enough wrestling with my circa 1996 homemade horse. Although it worked fairly well, it was a struggle to use. (At the time that I built it, there was not much information to be found about shaving horses. Heck, that was practically before the Internet!) With a little research, I recently found a well-thought-out horse by Drew Langsner in his book Green Woodworking.

I decided to build mine from some scrap oak I had been hanging onto. It sure made this bench substantial. The legs are roughly shaved oak (as a homage to the bench’s function.) I added a little extra adjustability in the throat because I occasionally tackle larger limbs for rustic furniture. I have used the bench sparingly since I built it, and it works like a dream. I look forward to using it more and more. I finished my horse with a little boiled linseed oil just to bring out some warmth in the oak.

I left my old horse outside for years letting it weather in the elements… I think I’ll keep this one inside!

-- tracyturnerstudio.com





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#1 posted 11-18-2009 05:37 PM

Wow, that is beautiful…one project I’d been meaning to tackle, and yours is a good example. I think you will really enjoy this! What a fine job you did.

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#2 posted 11-18-2009 05:38 PM

Really Nice!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Rj

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#3 posted 11-18-2009 05:40 PM

Very cool !! You did a Great job .

Job well done!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#4 posted 11-18-2009 06:05 PM

Well fabricated horse….....but being new to woodworking and rather dense at times…......what’s it do and how does it work?

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#5 posted 11-18-2009 06:21 PM

nmkidd- Doug, shaving horses aren’t seen much anymore, but they’re as old as the hills! It is simply a bench with a foot-operated clamp. Step on the treadle and your work piece is held firmly between the bench and the head. It is traditionally used with a drawknife to shave wood to dimension or form round tenons, spindles…. I find it useful for many more activities because the clamping function allows the piece to be rapidly repositioned. Hope that answers your question!

-- tracyturnerstudio.com

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#6 posted 11-18-2009 06:29 PM

Doc…...thanks for the explanation…....wow…... already learned something today…......and still on my first cup o’ joe!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#7 posted 11-18-2009 06:33 PM

Nice horse Doc be careful don’t leave the shop door open:-)) Really nice job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#8 posted 11-18-2009 07:37 PM

Really great shaving bench.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 11-18-2009 07:44 PM

That’s a super lookin mule. I would keep it in the stall at night. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#10 posted 11-18-2009 08:50 PM

Next time I am going to shave a horse, I will have to refer to your build. It looks great.

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#11 posted 11-18-2009 09:20 PM

Sweeet!

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#12 posted 11-18-2009 11:30 PM

Nice horse! Bet it would be really comfy if it had a Windsor seat carved into it! You could add it as a saddle.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#13 posted 11-18-2009 11:59 PM

Great Job, Doc!! I, too, have always wanted to make one of these… Someday… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#14 posted 11-19-2009 12:55 AM

great looking horse looks well crafted by the looks of it it should give you years of service, another project to add to my list…

-- thats not a mistake... i ment that

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#15 posted 11-19-2009 02:18 AM

Very very nice looking shaving horse! I always wanted to make one for me, but yours would be a big reference for me. Now you need to post some video of using this!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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