Boggs-style Shavehorse

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Project by TheGravedigger posted 1467 days ago 3476 views 12 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of the shavehorse designed by Brian Boggs. Like others, I used dimensional SYP rather than maple or other expensive hardwood. I solved the problem of a narrower head by adding a pair of spacers between the body and the arms to allow for a wider head system. I also placed my V-groove in the upper rotating jaw rather than the lower one, which seems to give a bit more flexibility with workholding. Leather on both jaws eliminates slippage. I’ve used the horse for a few weeks now, and have nothing but praise for the design.

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#1 posted 1467 days ago

Brian would be proud, great job.

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#2 posted 1467 days ago

Very nice. I’ve been wanting to build one of these for quite a while. I especially like the adjustable holdfast.

-- BigEd, sawdust maker in Ohio

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#3 posted 1466 days ago

Same as BigEd. I notice however that you made the seat level rather than tilted. Do you find it more comfortable?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 1466 days ago

sure is prettier than the one I made & have used for 2 decades.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#5 posted 1466 days ago

Rance, it’s worked well so far. I made mine taller than average (I’m 6’4”), but kept the treadle close to the ground. This longer hang to my legs seems to solve the back problem. I may angle it later, but it’s fine for now

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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Jiri Parkman

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#6 posted 1385 days ago

Nice shavehorse. I’m going to build one. It’s inspiring.

-- Jiri

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