Modern Shave Horse,





Introduction: Modern Shave Horse,

About: Howdy, I am a bit of a tinker gnome. I like playing with hardware/technology along with making stuff I want out of old stuff I have or find. I should warn you that I am like Dog from "Up". There will be ...

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    I have a similar unit that I use to de-bark branches to make walking and hiking sticks. I'm going to incorporate a couple of you ideas into it to improve it. Thanks!

    This the first time I've heard of or seen this tool. Awesome!

    thanks for an interesting instructable, and may your tools never rust.

    Well done! I have wanted one of these ever since watching one used at a Craft fair. Seeing the long wood shavings fly off of a piece of rough stock as the draw knife worked the wood, was really cool. Now by using 2 X 4 construction I can finally afford to build one! Thanks.

    It is a horizontal clamp for holding wood while you work it with manual tools.

    Some examples are to rough shape green wood before using on a lathe. Making spokes for wagon wheels. Chair legs and slats. Squaring up or rounding wood with a drawknife or spokeshave. Pretty much any application where you would want both hands free while holding a workpiece that will be moved frequently.

    UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU USE A POWER SAW, OR DRILL WITH A SHAVE HORSE. If your tool slips and you hit one of the two femoral arteries in your thighs you are dead, no ER no Paramedics you bleed out very quickly. However gently shaving is generally safe. Keep your tool sharp and use a light touch.

    I wish I had read your second paragraph before starting to work on my piece with a power saw... arghgghghh! (bleeds out)

    Hey thanks for posting your last words.

    Oh I see now, it souds usefull, thanks.

    Yer welcome. It is one of those odd tools that really helps seeing it in use. Cause at first it just looks like something a cowboy could use to practice roping... or a torture device.... or a really cumbersome paper weight.

    I had no idea such a thing existed, but I could see it being useful for shaping guitar/instrument necks.

    Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

    Just curious what the largest round it can handle? Looks like around 6-8 inches...

    Rough idea on weight limits for that clamp?

    I sometimes shave bark off some big logs so...

    Still great idea for smaller stuff.


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    Right now about 6 inches is the max on that Due to the width of the top clamp (4 5/8"). I am on the lookout for some longer half inch carriage bolts I Figure if I can find a 12" bolt I will have to make a second lower jaw and wider top clamp with spacers for the pivot block. I was limited to the longest bolt the Hardware stores sold locally at 8"

    After making the Hammer handle last night I would really like to be able to shave wider planks it was just too fun starting with basically firewood and carving out a useful product.

    And after talking to the maintenance guy to see if he had longer bolts, he solved my width problem. He said Hey why not use all thread and 2 nuts and washers.... ( had to face palm ) the solution was simple and logical so ofcourse I was trying to over think it. I already have the nuts and washers now I just need to pick up 1/2 inch threaded rod.

    Sweet! Very Nice Job MoTinkerGNome. Wanting to make a shaving horse for a long time now but finding a long thick plank normally used for the seat hasn't been easy. Your construction method is brilliant making use of scraps & easy to obtain pieces. Once this snow is gone I'm going to enjoy making one.

    Great idea, many Thanks for posting.

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    That was what was holding me back too. Then when building my work bench/cart I was like hey I bet a couple 2 by 4's would work got to banging together and It worked.

    It's a "Bodger"

    Very nice piece of equipment and well made!

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    This is one of the most elegant tools using utility materials I've seen. Mating stick lumber with the praying mantis design results in a satisfying outcome. Impressive.

    I'm thinking about tweaking your design into a jaw horse.

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