Shaving Horse

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Project by rance posted 1050 days ago 5691 views 23 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hate hand tools, I hate hand tools, I hate hand tools. Well, particularly hand planes. But I thoroughly enjoy building things like this shaving horse. This is actually a prototype for a new class I’m starting “Build a Shaving Horse”. A VERY original title don’t ya think? Don’t know how it will go but I’ll find out in January.

The seat was just freehanded. Knocked most of the corners off with a belt sander and then took the ROS to it with 80 grit. I tilted it forward a bit(not called out in the plans). The other change I made was in using all 2x lumber.

If I ever have a need to use one of these, now I’ll have one. I did buy a new Spokeshave(my first one) to go with it. A WoodRiver. I like it.

All comments and criticisms welcome.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#1 posted 1050 days ago

rance, I had to look at that for a couple of minutes to figure out the action and how it worked. That’s pretty neat. Now I can put in my order for a set of wagon wheels. lol I’ll bet you find all kinds of projects to use that on.

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#2 posted 1050 days ago


-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 1050 days ago

That’s some nice work on that!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 1050 days ago

Rance, that’s a real nice shaving horse and the class sounds interesting.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 1050 days ago

Hey folks, when I caught him making this, I had to explain a mirror & razor didn’t go with it!

“I hate hand tools!!” Then you go and buy a spokeshave! Roy Underhill would be proud of you!

You gonna stain or antique it?

Nice job, mate! AS UASUAL! And….a project finished!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#6 posted 1050 days ago

I like it. Great Job. I need one. where can I get the plans

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#7 posted 1050 days ago

Great job Rance. One of these is in my future. Am I right in thinking you based it on Brian Boggs design?

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#8 posted 1050 days ago

I have not yet decided what kind of shave horse I want, but your class should be very interesting.

Even if you hate hand-tools, a spokeshave is a wonderful thing for fairing curves. We all may fall on different sides of the fence when it comes to power vs hand but I think most of us can band together to hate one necessary evil….


-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#9 posted 1050 days ago

With the 4 side legs and the front angled leg, it looks like a horse. I like it.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#10 posted 1050 days ago

Very nice looking horse…. Think your headed down the slippery slope… Spokeshaves are a gateway drug for handplanes and drawknives….

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 1050 days ago

Looks pretty good!

The proof will be in the Seat!
How comfortable will it be after a few minutes sitting on it… How long have you tested it for?
I think it would be important to have the Side-front edges shaved downward so as not to dig into the sides of your thighs.

Looks like FUN!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#12 posted 1049 days ago

That sure should come in handy!
Really nice work Rance.
Keep it up and show us some of your work on it when you get some done!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#13 posted 1049 days ago

Thank you all for the nice comments. So Rod, are you saying The Beard will be staying a while longer? :D You are right Brit. You must have read the tags. Rodd, Plans can be found by Googling (Boggs, 3d warehouse). Let me know if you can’t find them. RGtools, do the Boggs design, you’ll not regret it. Making the teeth rack was a breeze on the TS. Don’t be intimidated by that part. It adds soooooo much to the design. You got me on the Sanding, I hate it too. Especially HAND sanding. Cozmo, you realize the two front legs you are reffering to actually move. They make the Giddy-Up noise. A scary slope Wayne “Spokeshaves and Handplanes and Drawknives, Oh my!”. Joe, you are correct, those edges are critical. I rounded them, prob. not enough though. The seat is adjustable fwd and back. You can also tilt it forward. Robert, if you look very very closely you can see some of my work scattered about the horse. I call them curved toothpicks. :D

Anyone considering building one, do the Boggs design. You can find a SketchUp drawing on the Google 3D Warehouse. Thanks again guys.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 1049 days ago

No Rance. I downloaded his article on making one from Fine Woodworking’s site a couple of weeks ago. I want to make it one day, or at least use some aspects of his design in mine. Thanks for posting your version, you did a great job.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#15 posted 1049 days ago

OOH NO another wild horse to be tamed …. you better send for a horsewhisperer ….
before you try to ride that evil looking beast …..

thank for shaving …err … sharing

take care

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