Shave Horse

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Project by mitch48 posted 10-15-2013 04:54 PM 1443 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I will be building Windsor and Welsh stick chairs in the near future. I wanted to make them all in a mostly hand tool fashion (draw knife; spoke shave; adz; plane; froe; etc.). The first order of business was to make a traditional shave horse with my own little tweaks. In most of my traditional projects I do not employ screws or nails … just joinery and glue.

The bed of the shave horse is White Pine, as are the bed to leg braces. The rear stock stop is Douglas Fir. The dumbhead, dumbhead axle, front and rear legs, support lever post, and lever stop are African Teak. The top of the dumbhead and foot pedal are Black Walnut. The leg cross braces are White Oak. The support lever is Red Oak. All of the joinery was mortise and tenon, and hand cut dowelling. The glue used was TiteBond III. The finish was three coats of Teak Oil, and three coats of sellac.

The shave horse is comfortable and works well.

-- "That which you do not know; the doing will quickly teach you."

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#1 posted 10-15-2013 04:59 PM

This is really cool. Great job and I really like your take on the shaving horse. Thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 10-15-2013 05:01 PM

Beatiful. Nice job and congratulations. Hope to see the chairs.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#3 posted 10-21-2013 02:18 PM

Gorgeous shave horse! Cool design, great joints and beautiful finish. Great job!

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#4 posted 10-21-2013 02:19 PM

Mitch this is a nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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