Bodger's Horse

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Project by jjw5858 posted 06-09-2011 11:47 PM 3533 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before I was able to make the Spring Pole Lathe I realized I needed to have a shave horse for preparing fresh stock for the turning, or anything else to shave, drawknife or spokeshave related. So I had some pieces left over from other projects and with some imagination, pics here and there on the web…. I came up with this Bodger styled horse. This horse is made more for shorter shaving such as chair legs, spindles that sort of thing. The Bodger I believe was the craftsperson that prepared the legs for the chairmaker.

I found a good trick I borrowed from a guy who said he used a strip of leather to help bind the wood as you may get a piece with a knot that bucks back and wants to pull you all over….well he was right, if you decide to get one together please use some leather on your clamp…it binds nicely, and of course a sharp drawknife.

I was lucky to have a friend that had some leather wrapping used for bike grips, so I got some and cut it to size, then brad nailed the rest up nice and tight..and it works very effective for the job. For larger pieces I added the v shaped cut to help keep things in order while drawshaving.

Everything has been handmade on this one, I even created makeshift wooden pins and height adjustment on the riser for the holding ramp. I get ideas, just tinker, play and see how it comes out.

I had some fun with a small carving I hand drew and gouged it out on the pine seat. I cut the pine seat out spokeshaved and then added some oak dowel plugs with some small brace and bit holes that I drilled into the actual bench…no glue, so the makeshift seat just pops right off if you like…....just for experimenting, but I will say it holds on very nicely and works well during some hours of tough shave work. Did I say tough? Oh Hell friends its a great time and addictive! Try it out if you haven’t yet and you will have a fun ole time and be rejoicing in pine shavings in no time!

Great workout, and holds very secure. Hope you may enjoy this for yourselfs if you have not dabbled in it.

Thanks for your time friends.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 06-10-2011 01:46 AM

something like this has been my list a long time…I’ve save plans….etc…this goes into my favorites list….nice.

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#2 posted 06-10-2011 03:39 PM

...yes, on my to do list as well…

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#3 posted 06-11-2011 03:46 AM

Nice! I really like the height adjustment system – sure beats the loose wood wedge.

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#4 posted 06-12-2011 06:35 AM

Me too, on the list

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#5 posted 09-01-2011 12:09 AM

What a nice horse, like the leather detail to secure the grip.
Best thoughts,

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#6 posted 08-16-2012 11:35 PM

Do you have plans or a drawing for this setup? I am looking to build a horse as soon as my bench is done and I want to have a few to look at and then pick the one I want to copy.

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#7 posted 08-17-2012 12:34 AM

Hey dude, I am sorry I dont have any plans for this, it was just out of my head as I went…lol. I did look around at what eveyone else had and just compiled some pics and made mine. Look forward to seeing what you create I am sure it will be awesome!

Take care,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#8 posted 08-19-2012 02:22 AM

Joe, I don’t know how Awesome it will be but its on my list of shop fixtures to make. As soon as the first bench is done I will need to make a bench hook and a shooting board for it. I then need to make some new saw tills and some other shop stuff. Then a horse and some Hand sawing benches. I simply love doing hand work but I cant always do it by hand. Some things I have to get done quickly and I don’t have a full set of hand tools. As grandpas tools went to my uncle and then to his eldest son. I have amassed a large set but am missing a few major tools. I will trade to get what I need or I will buy and sell till I have everything I need to do what I want. I also like Carters Whittilings Horse his is made of walnut I have access to a large log of silver oak that was downed on my old ranch it is just sitting there going to waste. I think I may help myself to it And I hope to one day re acquire my ranch and build my dream home and a new Shop in the clearing across the creek.

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