Chair Makers Shaving Horse

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Project by Rev. Jim Paulson posted 1263 days ago 2388 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi this is a redo of a shaving horse I built in the early 80’s. I customized it so I could use it to make Windsor chair spindles (for the backs of chairs). I purchased some rawhide and laminated it to a grooved platform and then made a cylindrical top member that is also laminated with rawhide. I can turn the top member because it was turned with 7/8” inch tenons that extend the width of the vertical frame members. I think that this setup will be a big improvement over working the spindle stock at the bench vise. The rawhide on the top member and on the platform seem very effective in gripping the spindle stock for working it with a drawknife and spokeshave.

Thanks for looking!



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#1 posted 1263 days ago

Nice work ’’Rev. Jim Paulson’’ ( Edit the next time you photo’s right )

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#2 posted 1262 days ago

hey Jim, I keep thinking about making one of these. What height is the work held at? How’s the gripping strength? Do you have any complaint/advise for somebody looking at making one? Thanks for the insight.

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Rev. Jim Paulson

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#3 posted 1262 days ago

Hi Kenn,

I’ll check on the height and keep you posted on how well I like this setup. Thanks for checking it out. Hope you are doing well.


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#4 posted 1262 days ago

I’ve seen one of these in action at the last woodworking show in Houston. I think it’s a pretty neat invention!! Pretty nice, Reverend Jim!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Rev. Jim Paulson

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#5 posted 1262 days ago

Thanks Matt for the nice compliment. I have found the shaving horse useful, but now I am hoping to get more serious in using it to make Windsor chairs. Once I get some of the things done on the honey do list, I’ll start planning to build a lowboy. I would love to make one in either wlanut or curly maple. I love the work you do on period pieces. PLease keep posting your work, I will help inspire me.

The top of the grooved platform is 31” off the floor (at the clamping point) and the seat is 23” off the floor. Hope that helps give you an idea of how I’ll be working spindles. I really like the shaving horse Brian Boggs featured in FWW #139, p. 122, but I can’t make another one right now. I am hoping this retrofit/customized version will work.

Time to work on the ashes for tonight’s service. God bless.



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#6 posted 1262 days ago

I’d love to see this tool in action. nice job.

-- - Tell me what you want done, OR how to do it. Never both!!!! Jerry, New Bloomfield, PA

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