Shaving Horse

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Project by Bill Akins posted 09-12-2012 08:45 PM 4256 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always wanted to make a shaving horse. I was going through some scraps my father gave me, looked at several designs and came up with this. My father also gave me his uncles old draw knife. While making the horse I recorded 2 videos of the process at: Part 1 and Part 2 I am currently studying on making coopered buckets and want to try my hand at it. The horse will come in handy with chair making too.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#1 posted 09-12-2012 09:25 PM

Nice project, and workmanship.

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#2 posted 09-12-2012 10:38 PM

Nice shaving horse. When you accomplish making a bucket or two, post with some tips on how to. I’ve been interested in coopering and how the cooper manages to get such tight fits so as to hold water.
Have fun with the horse.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 09-12-2012 11:19 PM

I like this a lot. You did a nice job on attaching the legs to the seat and the seat itself looks pretty comfortable.

I know you will enjoy it. Nice drawknife too!

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

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#4 posted 09-12-2012 11:23 PM

Why would you shave a Horse? Looks like you have it down to bare bones. lol :-)

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#5 posted 09-13-2012 12:13 AM

very cool…but my daughter Hannah wants to know why you would want to shave a horse?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 09-13-2012 01:17 AM

nice job. lets see some buckets now

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#7 posted 09-13-2012 02:27 AM

Great Job Bill!
That should come in real handy!

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

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#8 posted 09-13-2012 04:29 AM

That is one of the better shave horse designs I have seen!

-- -Kevin

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#9 posted 09-13-2012 03:12 PM

Just made the daily top 3. Thanks for the views and the comments guys. I can’t wait to put this project to use.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#10 posted 09-13-2012 03:19 PM

Good job looks like a winner.

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#11 posted 09-13-2012 03:19 PM

Great work Bill…both the project and the videos. Looking forward to seeing you use it to make future projects.

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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#12 posted 09-13-2012 03:47 PM

Nice design for a shaving horse!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#13 posted 09-13-2012 03:53 PM

Bill, Great looking Horse and don’t worry about shaving horses…. The Army use to shave mules tails all the time to warn the mule skinners about a recalcitrant mule. This name later stuck to second Lieutenants.

And now you know the rest of the story!

BTW, I have that same draw knife, LOL. Want to trade a handle?

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#14 posted 09-13-2012 09:05 PM

That is one heck of a horse. Great job.

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#15 posted 09-15-2012 12:51 AM

I love the simple design. I’ve been wanting to build one of these for a long time. Thanks for giving me some ideas.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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