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Blog series by Tom updated 11-25-2020 04:44 PM 5 parts 1741 reads 7 comments total

Part 1: Going Green

11-23-2020 03:35 PM by Tom | 0 comments »

This is a project that has been on my mind for several years. I enjoy hand tool woodworking and I like to try my hand at many different types of woodworking projects. For the most part, I tend to avoid green woodworking. Usually I don’t have green wood available and I don’t seek it out. At 56 years old, I tend to protect my body from the kind of heavy work required to split out sections of wood from a log. Also, I lack the proper equipment and tools to do it efficiently. Som...

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Part 2: The Stock and the Base

11-23-2020 06:38 PM by Tom | 0 comments »

You need a fair amount of wood to build a shaving horse. It doesn’t matter too much how you get there, but I think you should target an 8 foot board that is at least 2” thick and about 9” wide. This will be enough for the bench and ramp sections. You can buy a plank from the lumber yard, a mill or split it from a log. It can be green, seasoned or dried wood. I am using green oak for my shaving horse, but you can probably use most any type of wood. If it doesn’t s...

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Part 3: Fitting the Ramp

11-24-2020 05:22 PM by Tom | 1 comment »

This kind of shaving horse is really not too fussy about precise construction. Installing the ramp is a fairly easy process, however, I did fuss with it quite a bit. Since this wood is totally green and is bound to shrink and move, I think it was not really productive to spend as much time as I spent setting up the ramp. But I am not too used this kind of woodworking, so I just did my best. In the version that I am making, the ramp needs to be beveled on the underside where it mates up ...

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Part 4: Forming the Clamp

11-24-2020 10:08 PM by Tom | 1 comment »

The next item is to form the clamp or dumbhead. You don’t have to do it this way, especially if you are not making it from a log. You need a pretty good size chunk of wood for the clamp and arm. The overall length is about 31” from top of the head to the bottom of the arm. Another option is to make a frame clamp like a bodgers shaving horse or fit a clamp head on the arm as shown in this print from the internet: So you have other options if you don’t have a log. ...

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Part 5: Installing the Clamp and Conclusion

11-25-2020 04:44 PM by Tom | 5 comments »

Time to wrap up this build. The last bit is to install the clamp. This is tricky and you have options. You can decide how close you want to clamp to the end of the ramp. You can also decide the opening height of the clamp which determines the size of the workpiece it can hold. To some extent, the height can be adjusted by boring another hole in the arm, but the slots may need to be extended. The ramp should be firmly in place for this operation, but not pegged yet. You will want to r...

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