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Spoon mule attachment for my workbench

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Project by muesli posted 12-13-2017 11:41 AM 2576 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I want to get into green wood working and I will start with some spoon carving. And, as always, I read a lot and watched many videos. So, very soon I stumbled upon shave horses and spoon mules as holding devices. I don`t have the space (at least in winter) for a full scale horse/mule and I know some shaving ponys (attachment for the workbench) out there. But to me, a spoon mule attachment looked more logical, if you sit on a separate stool instead of the device itself.

I built it from laminated beech leftovers from the top of my old “workbench” which looked a bit like swiss cheese and had several cracks too . The boards have some big handcut finger-joints and are glued and screwed. The levers/jaws are made from fir-offcuts. A wire holds them in place. Until now, it seems to work really good. Maybe I will take some more material of the front-top after some more practical testing.

-- Uwe from Germany.





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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 12-13-2017 12:03 PM

I like it. I can definitely see the space saving advantage. Where do you keep it when not in use? I would probably hang it from the ceiling in my shop. Good job!

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#2 posted 12-13-2017 12:56 PM

Thank you, Ron! Took some time to let it fit to my needs, but I haven’t decided where to store it. Could be under my bench.

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#3 posted 12-13-2017 01:22 PM

Neat design muesli. I am having a hard time from the photos, is it resting on the tongs? I know usually on on mule the tongs don’t touch the ground and your spread them with your shins, but it looks like yours are touching the ground, though it may just be the perspective from the camera

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#4 posted 12-13-2017 01:31 PM


I am having a hard time from the photos, is it resting on the tongs?

- swirt

Sorry Swirt! It really seems so, if I look at my photos.
But no, it basically rests on the top of the workbench with a strip of wood, wich is glued to the vertical board of the attachment and it is held by the pipeclamp. I just trie4d wich height would be right for me, before I glued the strip to the board. The tongs are about one cm away from the ground, when they hang totally vertical.

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#5 posted 12-13-2017 01:37 PM

Muesli, perhaps a photo or two of you using this mule would be helpful … many here may not be familiar with a spoon mule or how it works.

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muesli

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#6 posted 12-13-2017 01:46 PM



Muesli, perhaps a photo or two of you using this mule would be helpful … many here may not be familiar with a spoon mule or how it works.

- Ron Aylor

Sorry, you are totally right! Jarrod Stone Dahl has some really good videos about the spoon mule and its use:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZK31diC66Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6kLumgTX54

hope this helps

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#7 posted 12-13-2017 07:18 PM

This is a very ingenious device. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles
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muesli

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#8 posted 12-13-2017 08:37 PM

Thank you, Charles!


This is a very ingenious device.

You are right, it is an ingenious device. But my achievement was just to make it an attachment for the workbench. The spoon mule is not my invention at all.

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#9 posted 12-13-2017 09:55 PM

Congrats on being the Daily Top 3.

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#10 posted 12-14-2017 09:08 AM



Congrats on being the Daily Top 3.

- Ron Aylor

Thanks a lot, Ron!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#11 posted 12-14-2017 09:14 AM

nice work go ahead for more ideas

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#12 posted 12-15-2017 04:49 AM

I see it will be some great help to you, good idea.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 12-15-2017 06:07 AM

Nice work, and now I’ve got another addition for my bench on my to-do list.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#14 posted 12-15-2017 09:49 AM

Thank you all for your kind words!

@Dave: You won’t regret.

-- Uwe from Germany.

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