Shave Horse

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Project by corpmule posted 03-14-2014 12:52 PM 1400 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve put it off for a loooong time. I wanted to make it out of a log … out of greenwood. But, that material isn’t readily accessible. Combined with work schedule … blah, blah, blah. I know … I know … excuses, excuses.

Well, I finally just grabbed some store bought, kiln dried lumber and made the dang thing. It ain’t purdy but, it works.

And since it’s kiln dried, store bought wood, I need to wedge and glue the legs in. I ain’t done that yet. And i need to do a couple of other piddly little things to it. But, it’s ready to go.

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#1 posted 03-14-2014 02:26 PM

At least you got it done! Nothing wrong with the lumber either, looks good to me. I want one of these too for working on flutes and staves but like you, just too busy so far. Soon I hope!

-- Dennis, WV

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#2 posted 03-14-2014 02:54 PM

It will make 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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#3 posted 03-14-2014 05:42 PM

Beatiful. I make one some years ago. Is very useful. Congatulations!

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

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#4 posted 03-14-2014 07:45 PM

Nice work. So are we going to see some windsor chairs or something a little less refined?? Looks good

-- I never finish anyth

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#5 posted 03-14-2014 10:21 PM

Perfect. I am in need of one badly.

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#6 posted 03-14-2014 11:33 PM

Nice job, you’re going to love using it. Now get shaving (or sheaving, as Mike Abbott calls it, halfway between shearing and shaving).

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#7 posted 03-15-2014 12:18 AM

Honestly if I were to do it again I would build my shaving horse from store bought lumber or even steel. it took forever to split the black locust log I used

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#8 posted 03-15-2014 01:02 AM

Great build, very useful these are

-- Norman

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#9 posted 03-15-2014 04:01 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 03-15-2014 03:53 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words of encouragement.

To answer Phillip’s question … you will definitely see something less refined coming from me and this shave horse. :) Hopefully someday, I’ll build some nice chairs. So far … I’ve only made a stick. hahah

The more I get into woodworking, the more I want to use traditional methods and hand tools. The more I learn about that … the more I lean toward greenwood woodworking. Which includes chairs. At first, my interest in making chairs was almost non-existent. But, it is becoming a stronger force within me.

The whole idea of cutting down a tree and making something useful from it is just awesome. The fact that something like a chair or another piece of furniture came from the tree or log, is fascinating in and of itself. But, the knowledge and skill needed to execute that … is just as fascinating.

I’ve become a follower of Peter Follensbee, Jennie Alexander, Matt Abbot, and Drew Langsner for the greenwood stuff. I also follow Roy Underhill, Chris Schwarz and Paul Sellers who have a lot to teach in the general realm of woodworking with hand tools. All of these folks are an inspiration to me.

Here are some articles I collected regarding shave horses:

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#11 posted 03-15-2014 09:18 PM

Very Nice Project. Well Executed. Thanks For Sharing.


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#12 posted 03-16-2014 12:02 PM

Looks good to me and the key phrase…...”it works” all that really matters. I made mine the same way as you….store bought wood but still have that ONE design in my head that one day I will build. LOL

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

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