Oak Tree to Shave Horse

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Blog series by NinjaAssassin updated 11-16-2014 10:29 PM 3 parts 7799 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: In the beginning, I cut down a tree...

11-15-2014 03:48 AM by NinjaAssassin | 4 comments »

I referenced this in another blog but thought it deserved its own. My back yard had 2 young trees growing right up against the back fence (literally about a 12 or so inches from the fence). In 2013 I cut down the smaller of the two, a poplar, with the only tools I had on hand that would work – a husqvarna carpenter’s axe and a cheap combination hand saw from Lowe’s: The tree wasn’t more than maybe 8 inches in diameter just above the root flare but it was a chore to cut down with...

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Part 2: A little more progress

11-16-2014 02:50 AM by NinjaAssassin | 0 comments »

I had a little time today to get some work done on the shave horse. I didn’t take any pictures while working as I was trying to make the most of the little bit of time I had but I did get a couple pictures once I finished up for the day. So, I started by taking the other half of the split log and cutting that about in half to be used as the platform ramp thing that the work will be clamped against (I don’t know what this piece is called). I used my carpenters axe to angle the...

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Part 3: The 90% solution

11-16-2014 10:29 PM by NinjaAssassin | 2 comments »

I had a bunch of time today to work on the shave horse and made some pretty good progress. Check it out: I really enjoy doing things the traditional way using hand tools so that’s how I went about building this thing. But, today, I cheated. Those three mortises that the vertical lever board runs through were drilled out with a power drill. I started to hog out the waste with a bit and brace but decided I wouldn’t look back on this moment and regret killing some electron...

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