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Project by Michael posted 01-30-2017 02:34 PM 1209 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son started making a spatula for his grandfather at a local “Pioneer Days” demo, so we built this when we got home so he could finish. 2×6 seat and clamp, 2×4 legs with plywood gussets, and a block of redwood so we can adjust the opening where the work is held.
It doubles as a saw bench as the seat is just at my kneecap height. There are 2 3/4inch holes drilled; one for a holdfast, one as a guide to check progress on pegs and dowels.
Edit: I added a photo of a mallet handle we made from some fruit wood and my son’s second spatula he made for Mama.

-- "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." John Muir





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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 01-30-2017 07:40 PM

Good job! Looks good and sturdy. I like the adjustable bed idea!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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BigAl98

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#2 posted 01-31-2017 01:04 AM

Doesn’t get much simpler than that! Very good! About the only thing I would do is make the seat wider for my sorry you know what! Thanks.

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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NaFianna

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#3 posted 01-31-2017 01:35 AM

I have wanted one of these for quite a while and this looks simple enough even for me to manage.
Well done

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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Michael

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#4 posted 01-31-2017 05:02 AM

Thanks Ron, I find that I am frequently adjusting the mouth and the simple block is quick and easy.
Al, this was built for my 9-year-old’s “seat”, so it fits perfectly!
NaFianna, this was a project that needed to work quickly. Some day I hope to build one with a more traditional design!

-- "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." John Muir

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 02-01-2017 05:10 PM

This is a very nice work holder and a great addition to your shop. This type of clamp or holder has a long history of being highly useful to woodworkers. I have seen a few nice examples of original shave horses over the years and I have taken quite a liken to them. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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Ron Aylor

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#6 posted 02-01-2017 05:32 PM



This is a very nice work holder and a great addition to your shop. This type of clamp or holder has a long history of being highly useful to woodworkers. I have seen a few nice examples of original shave horses over the years and I have taken quite a liken to them. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Charles, to dovetail into your comment … yes, the shavehorse is often overlooked by today’s woodworker. I was recently smoothing some resawn drawer bottoms, too thin for my 1/4 inch high bench dogs! I adjusted my shavehorse to hold the almost 1/8 inch plank and used a card scraper. The shavehorse made for easy work!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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