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08-18-2010 11:58 PM

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Okay ppls. I am heading for a 6 hour trip north to Perth, Ontario (just north of Kingston) in may to take part in a week long training course on timber framing. I myself am addicted and obsessed with timberframed homes and log homes. The craftsmanship and hard work that goes into the life sized joinery awes me. And that the finish look shows the beauty of natural wood. So anyways I’ve been watching shows etc on timberframing and I always happen to see someone using a shavehorse to carve the pins/dowels that are used in the joinery. I never had interest in a sawhorse before but I think its finally caught my attention. So I am looking for either a design or tips that I will need to design my own. I will definately post the project after its finished. So any tips n tricks will help. Thx!

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 08-19-2010 12:10 AM

there is a few shavehorses here on L J Mark


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#2 posted 08-19-2010 12:14 AM

hey dennis…ya I was looking at a couple but I was wondering if theres any specific important specs about it that I should know before I take on the project

-- M.K.

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#3 posted 08-19-2010 12:15 AM

i dont have anything to offer mark but i do think its great that you are in awe and inspired with timber framing…man …go for it..if you an become skilled with doing it and you can follow your passion in getting the work to do so, i wish you the best…if my body was healthy and strong, i would love to do that myself…enjoy the class…grizz

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#4 posted 08-19-2010 12:16 AM

I would look at Drew Langser’s(? sp). He has a website and a book on chair making. I think he also has designed a “shaving horse” or in his case a mule shave with a guy named Boggs and sells plans reasonably. Google mule shave and maybe his name will come up. A month or two back someone on LBJ posted a project shaving horse they had designed and built.
I built one modeled after Drew’s and wished I had made one earlier, much faster than shaping something in a vise and having to turn it multiple times. I can get pictures of mine and email them to you and give you measurements. Took a better part of a day to build.

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#5 posted 08-19-2010 12:30 AM

I´m not so sure about it (tinkel with it in my head for a while)
and as I can see it you either have to make the pivopoint to be changeble and a stedy ground
or the same pivopoint and a ground you can moove up and down depending on how thick
you material is you have to shave/form
and I allso think the oldguys before the bulblight :-) had two different sices depending on
what kind of work they did mostly
you don´t need a big monster if you only make staves for barrels or buckets even thow it has to
be long no matter witch kind of workpieces it has to hold mostly

but Pm them and ask :-) you cuold allso try renaisancewoodworker (did I spell that right)

good luck with it
and the class


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#6 posted 08-19-2010 12:45 AM

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#7 posted 08-19-2010 01:45 AM

Here are plans (sort of) for the one I built.

I made some modifications but mostly used these dimensions.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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