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Walnut Shave Horse

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Project by CartersWhittling posted 01-24-2012 07:42 PM 3513 views 16 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello.

This is my shave horse that I just finished. The entire shave horse is made from 10/4 walnut, except for the arm which is fir or spruce. The entire horse comes apart with the threaded rods and nuts. The seat has a block underneath which is tenoned into the seat, so that the seat can slide back and forth. The bridge and head have leather on them to try and kep from maring the work pieces. The main beams on the horse are 55” long and from the ground to the seat surface is 18”. The top of the bridge is 7 1/2” high from the top edge of the beam.

I decided to make the German/Dumbhead style shave horse because of the advantage it has with working on long work pieces over the Bodgers/English style horse. Thank you to all the lumber jocks that messaged me back giving me comments on their shave horse designs.

EDIT

I have since added an upgrade to the seat adjustment. The seat could previously be slid back and forth but when you go to use the shave horse the pressure from cutting and clamping with your foot would slide the seat back. So I put a hole through the tenon in the seat to place a 1/2” dowel, and cut a few grooves in the main beams 5” apart. Now the seat can easily be lifted up and into any one of 4 positions.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/





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MShort

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#1 posted 01-24-2012 08:29 PM

Young Man—You do very nice work !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 01-24-2012 10:50 PM

Walnut… wow. This is Great. Thanks for all the details you’ve included. I really like this.

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harrywho

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#3 posted 01-25-2012 12:41 AM

I love shaving horses, makes me think of a quiet summer day under a shade tree working soft green wood.
In walnut, really nice!

-- Harry, Indiana

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Roger

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#4 posted 01-25-2012 02:28 AM

oh yes… “giddy-up”

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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planeBill

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#5 posted 01-25-2012 02:52 AM

%$%^#@&^!!!!! *That is freakin awesome!!!*
Those things really work very well and are comfortable to work from. Mine is anyway. I love to sit outside in the sun and carve out a new paddle or something on it.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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CartersWhittling

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#6 posted 01-25-2012 03:52 AM

The shave horse seems to grip fine, but the pieces want to pivot fairly easily. Any advice?

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/

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#7 posted 01-25-2012 04:45 AM

That’s one fancy shaving horse.good job.

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#8 posted 01-25-2012 06:51 AM

My horse is much more crude, but the solution I have for helping to prevent side to side pivoting is to use a large butt hinge to make a flip up bird’s mouth that sits at the farthest point away from you. If you find you work on both sides of the dumbhead, you could actually make it look like a W rather than a V.

Flip it up when working on something roundish, flip it down when working on something squarish.

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rance

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#9 posted 01-25-2012 07:16 AM

Nice horse. Only thing I can think of is tighter joints. Or you could put a V in the jaw to keep that from happening.

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

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michelletwo

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#10 posted 01-25-2012 12:05 PM

totally awesome. I made one 25 yrs ago and it pales in comparison to this. this looks so nice, it will be a joy to use. have fun

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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jaykaypur

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#11 posted 01-25-2012 03:17 PM

An excellent tool! Great job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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CartersWhittling

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#12 posted 01-25-2012 03:57 PM

Thanks for the advice. I will figure something out.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/

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#13 posted 01-25-2012 04:50 PM

I like it. The walnut color is wonderfull, and the desing too.
Congratulations.

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#14 posted 01-25-2012 06:46 PM

Nice looking horse. The foot peddle looks a little high in the pictures, is it? you might try putting some sandpaper down on the riser, it may be a little to smooth to hold your work. It depends on what kind of work your going to be doing. My old horse is made from fir. When I am done with it I just hang it up on a tree limb. Yours is to pretty for that.

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CartersWhittling

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#15 posted 01-25-2012 11:59 PM

In the picture the arm is in one of the higher settings. When the peddle is in the lower setting it just misses the ground.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/

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