My Shavehorse

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Project by Mark posted 08-29-2010 04:42 AM 4000 views 10 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well as I have asked for shavehorse plans and specs a week or 2 ago, This is the shavehorse I have whipped up myself with the help from others’ projects. Its a solid cedar project and a very simple project. Many people think this is nothing but useless but think twice you may be in awe about having your own. It sure beats standing and sticking a nice piece of wood in your vice just to get damaged. My reason for making this is that I’m heading into the timberframing trade come springtime and I want to practice practice practice my chisel and mortising. Hope you liked it! I do!

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 08-29-2010 04:58 AM

Nicely done mark. Looks great. Useful for smoothing out hewn pegs for your new line of work ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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Monty Queen

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#2 posted 08-29-2010 05:18 AM

Nice job on your shave horse. Looks realy nice. I would love to have one not enough room for one right now may be when i build a extension on my shop. Superb work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#3 posted 08-29-2010 05:28 AM

Mark: a fancy design. But you need a picture of it being put to use.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 08-29-2010 05:33 AM

Nice Job :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#5 posted 08-29-2010 05:59 AM

she sure has some niice curves…Mark what were you thinking…LOL

thank´s for sharing her

take care when you shave between those legs

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#6 posted 08-29-2010 07:41 AM

If you’re going into timer framing, I’m a bit surprised you didn’t make this out of timber…
Fancy legs!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#7 posted 08-29-2010 09:09 AM

Those are fancy legs! Nice job.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 08-29-2010 11:39 AM

Nice design and finish…good job.

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#9 posted 08-29-2010 01:09 PM

Great Job Mark, That should work very well.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#10 posted 08-29-2010 01:43 PM

Artistic and functional. You can’t beat that combination. Good work Mark.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#11 posted 08-29-2010 01:50 PM

The horse is nice looking ,but the front legs will get in the way when clamping small pieces ,it,s not adjustable unless you stack shims under the clamp ,and when you really get to shaving I’m afraid you’ll break or loosen those legs. I don,t have a link but Brian Boggs has given his plan for a shave horse and Country Workshops sells a shaving ‘mule’, and the plans , and the plans were free in a issue of Popular Woodworking. Jeff

-- Jeff,

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#12 posted 08-29-2010 04:14 PM

jeff: the front legs are actually 1” far enough to hold the small pieces. When I push it tight without a piece in the clamp that is. Thx for the advice tho :)

dennis: that is effin hilarious…i thought about it like that but not the way you put it.

Thx again everyone. I had fun making it and ya I’m kinda bummed that I didn’t do it all joined like timberframing lol. I guess I have the bench to make it now ;P . I had just bought me a cedar 4×4 to start practicing the joinery etc.

-- M.K.

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Rick Dennington

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#13 posted 08-29-2010 05:06 PM

Greetings Mark,

Stellar job on the shaving horse, bud…..It has a unique look to it..
Like Dennis said, don’t shave too close between the legs… could give it a rash…

-- " I don't makes my coffee spill...."

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#14 posted 08-29-2010 06:43 PM

lol thx rick…i’ll try not to…poor wood doesn’t need more torture

-- M.K.

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#15 posted 08-29-2010 06:47 PM

What a sweet thing. I’ll bet you get lots of use out of that. Well done!


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