How-To Make Log Furniture #1: Carve a Tenon on a Log Clamp

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Blog entry by ScottShaeffer posted 01-30-2013 09:37 AM 3988 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I designed a log clamp to hold logs that are too big for the lathe. My friend, Mitchel Dillman over at Colorado Rock*N Logs fabricated it for me. See how to use it to carve a tenon in this video!

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-- Scott Shaeffer, Owner - San Juan Carpentry

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#1 posted 01-31-2013 01:58 AM

Disclaimer: I watched the video on mute because I’m on the phone. I’m legitimately curious (haven’t done much work with drawknives).

Why not use a shaving horse?

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#2 posted 01-31-2013 07:57 PM


I’ve always used a different variation of the this log clamp and it works great. To be honest, I had never heard of a log horse and since you are the second person to bring it up I Googled it. Judging by the pictures, I would say that the log clamp is stronger and will hold the log more steady while carving it with the draw-knife. When using the knife you’re going to pull with a lot of strength and you need to know that the log will stay put. The clamp is much smaller too. I wouldn’t want a log horse in my shop because it takes up too much space. I do, however, like the log horses with the built-on chainsaw chop-saw. That would come in handy for cutting large logs that don’t fit in the circular chop saw or miter saw. So I’m definitely putting that on my wish-list! Thanks for the question!

-- Scott Shaeffer, Owner - San Juan Carpentry

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