Shaving Horse

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Project by CodyM posted 10-15-2012 03:14 AM 8380 views 18 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this shaving horse after becoming interested in doing some green woodworking. The main body is constructed of dimensional lumber (pine and douglas fir). The seat was made from a 2” thick piece of poplar. Made the pivoting pin from some 1/2” steel rod from Home Depot and turned the handle from a chunk of exotic hardwood (I believe it is rosewood). After using it for a bit I realized I needed a more secure spot to set my drawknife in since it kept getting knocked to the ground. So I made the drawknife holder from a piece of 2×4 with a rabbet cut in it and glued it to the horse. Pics 5 and 6 show it getting some use making some parts for the mulberry stool I made (another one of my projects.) I really like the three legged design which allows it to sit on my highly unlevel garage floor without rocking.

-- Cody - Salt Lake City, UT

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#1 posted 10-15-2012 03:39 AM

Looks great Cody

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#2 posted 10-15-2012 12:05 PM

Great looking horse. Get a bunch of use out of it.

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#3 posted 10-15-2012 01:02 PM

Giddy up.
Looks awesome.
You’ll make some great projects on that horsie.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#4 posted 10-15-2012 03:58 PM

Now that is one great designed shaving horse! Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 10-15-2012 07:32 PM

congrats with your new horse :-)
I like the toolrest you have build in


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#6 posted 10-15-2012 08:50 PM

Nice work and very useful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 10-15-2012 10:22 PM

A shaving horse that im sure Roy Underhill would use with a smile!

-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"

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#8 posted 10-15-2012 10:33 PM

This does look really nice. I’ve been tempted here and there to make one, but no round tuits. I gotta tell ya that when I first saw this pic in the tiny frame they show up on the project page I’m thinking “Here is someone trying to breed saw horses. I wonder how that works out.” LOL But upon enlarging it, the real thing showed up in all its functional beauty. Enjoy using it.
BTW, I solved the problem of draw knife storage for me, not unlike what you did, but without the horse.
Be safe!

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL There are three types of people...those who are good at math and those who aren't.

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#9 posted 10-16-2012 02:17 AM

Great job with your horse! Enjoy the many great spirited shavings!

All the best,


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

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#10 posted 10-17-2012 04:07 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments! Unfortunately it doesn’t get a whole lot of use lately since I have been busy with other projects but when I do use it I have a blast. I love making shavings with a drawknife in green wood!

-- Cody - Salt Lake City, UT

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