Amateur Shaving Horse Plans

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Amateur Shaving Horse Plans

PaleoAleo
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08 Nov 2007, 02:47 #1

Howdy folks. I made these computerized drawings with measurements and other info for a friend who wanted to copy my shaving horse design.

I thought to post it here just in case someone else might benefit from my experimentation with these cool woodworking tools.

I'll add a couple of photos to help as my drawing skills are pretty poor. If you have any questions, please fire away, as I'll use your input to adjust the plans to be as helpful as possible.









I've added a thick leather covering to both the ramp/work surface and the "dumhead" clamping device to assist with the grip and to avoid damage to the work piece.

I have a lathe and was able to turn the legs on the piece. They are not permanently fixed to the bench. I can tap them out and break the bench down for traveling. They are just held in by friction. You can easily make legs without using a lathe. You just have to shape the tenons (the part that goes into the holes in the bench) by hand using a spokeshave and rasp.

It's best if the legs are made of hardwood. These legs are made of ash. All other parts are simply lumberyard material (2" x 12" and 2" x 6".

Also, on my version, the dumhead (the part that clamps the workpiece) is made of one piece of 4" x 6" lumber. You can easily make one using a 2" x 4" and some scraps screwed and glued together to make the blocky head part.

Again, fire away with questions if you have them and I'll do my best to answer.
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tqpotia
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08 Nov 2007, 13:16 #2

Tom, you know - often after using some tool for awhile you got the some details would be made better or modificated .
And often you could almost hear :"Next time I will ..."

So, the fired question is : IF you make another shaving horse what you would change ? How you would improve it " (You got the picture.)

Thanks in advance.

Kosio
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PaleoAleo
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08 Nov 2007, 16:10 #3

Good question Kosio! The only feature I might change is to make the ramp adjustable. Everything else works very, very well.

Tom
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Quillsnkiko
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04 May 2008, 18:01 #4

Hey thanks tom!!
Ive been wanting to make a shaving horse..for canoe paddles and shaving down the wood to make bent wood rawhide chairs.
Maybe now with your excellent instructions and pictures I'll get it done. I just printed it out for future referance. Quills
" You can't stop the waves .... but, you can learn to surf."
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roadking
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05 Jan 2009, 14:23 #5

HI Tom. Do you have the plans in pdf., word or excel? They don't print very clearly for me.
Also, how would you make it adjustable?

Thanks, Tom
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Snow Beard
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26 Mar 2009, 18:19 #6

Hi Everybody,

I've used that bench Tom built, and it works great.

I had one issue with it - as the wood I was working got thin, it became a little hard to clamp it down. The pedal was hitting the ground before the dumhead had a good hold on my work. Probably I just didn't know what I was doing. maybe didn't adjust the dumhead height correctly. But if I were to build my own, I might either raise the bench or shorten the dumhead lever arm.

This horse really did the job. It was simple and sturdy. I sat on it for hours working a bow, and it was so comfortable Ken had to convince me to get off so I could properly sight down and tiller the bow.

Thanks Tom!
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