My Shavehorse

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Project by Mark posted 1424 days ago 3257 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!

-- My purpose in life: Making sawdust

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#1 posted 1424 days ago

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 1424 days ago

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 1424 days ago

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 †

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#4 posted 1424 days ago

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 1424 days ago

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 1424 days ago

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 1424 days ago

Those are fancy legs! Nice job.

-- "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 1424 days ago

Nice design and finish…good job.

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#9 posted 1424 days ago

Great Job Mark, That should work very well.

-- Canadian Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#10 posted 1424 days ago

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 1424 days ago

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 1423 days ago

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.

-- My purpose in life: Making sawdust

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Rick Dennington

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#13 posted 1423 days ago

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 started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#14 posted 1423 days ago

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

-- My purpose in life: Making sawdust

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#15 posted 1423 days ago

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


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