MaFeSan shaving horse #2: Details and more - the final knock down

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Blog entry by mafe posted 05-31-2019 09:20 PM 733 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Details and more
the final knock down

Part two.

Found time before bed for the second part.
So lets start where we let go, in the back yard at the workshop.

Me on a horse, trying to pose for Hands of God and Adam by Michelangelo…

Naaaa, just the wonderful old lady next door, that came to say hello and see the horse and the donkey on top of it. She is a wonderful lady, who have lived in the building forever.

Ok, lets get back to doing some shavings.
The test was fine, I’m all happy about it, so let’s get back in the shop.

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Here a little video my friend made of me on the horse, warning this is really hand held mad(s)ness.

First real job on the horse, is shaping the seat a little.

As you can see I put a loose pice of wood in between to wedge up, will make a wedge for it later.

A few of my planes in action, shaping and finishing the seat, I have to admit, I use only sandpaper, when I have to, the surface from a cutting tool is so much more beautiful.

I’m happy with this and a knot is no problem with a sharp plane.

Making a new hold, I want different ways to hold.
Here making a hole through a 2×2.

The half a hole on one side.

Gluing leather to the flat side, rough side out.

Drilling a series of holes in the spacer.
You can also see I made a hole in the work surface, for a hold fast.

A vertical hold, makes it possible to hold it as a clog makers shaving horse. This will be useful for hollowing out bowls and such.
On this picture you can see the new hold with leather on it.

I will love this function for kuksa’s and bowls.

Gave the vertical hold some shapes for better grip.
It’s made from a 2×2 and a dowel going through it, so it can be moved from hole to hole easy.

Here it is, ready to make some shaves.

A good opera on the stereo and then a piece of wood, then the hours will fly away on joyful wings.

Now time for the details:

The hold.
A flat side with leather, for a gentle firm grip and a side with a rounding for holding round things in place firmly.

All removable parts are held together with Japanese nails (conical nails and holes).


Under the seat.
1×1 under it, so it slides between the bars.
The rubber band is from a bicycle tube and keeps the seat from falling out during transport.
Also drilled a number of holes, for some spare Japanese nails / wedges.

The working surface stabilized by the lifter and a rod holds it in place and desired angle.

Back legs held by a big eye bolt, for easy opening.

The spacer, with holes for vertical hold.

Work surface and hold.
Round side down.

Leather side down.

The leg holders for transport are useful hangers.

Foot rests are made of dovels, with smaller dowel inside.

Front leg.
Again held with these big eye bolts.
I also branded the bench.

Using it as a saw horse, with the work surface flat.

This is why I added the hole for a hold fast.

Ready for some bowl making.
I made a large wedge for the work surface and as support, when carving.

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Finally another crazy ass video, this time my first try on knocking it down… :-D

Looking into the horizon, searching for new projects to be build.
Thank you for following along on this ride.


The horse, hanging on the wall…
(That sounds kind of strange).

Space saving storage, think it suits my workshop.
(Please close your eyes, if there’s too much nudity on the wall).

To be continued soon, with a spoon mule top.

Links for other horses I build:
Traditional shaving horse – One wild shaving horse:
Saving leg, for the workbench:

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or a ride on your own shaving horse…

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 06-01-2019 12:47 AM

Thanks for all the details on the shaving horse, Mads! I won’t be building mine until the fall or winter after we have moved, but I’m hoping I will remember all the useful tricks you’ve shown us here.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#2 posted 06-01-2019 12:38 PM

Thanks for sharing all of the details, Mads!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 06-02-2019 08:16 AM

Good informative posting Mads. Many thanks.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 06-09-2019 07:57 AM

I love how you can store the dowels inside it so they don’t get lost. Nice job Mads!

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 06-12-2019 04:56 AM

That is one Very Cool shaving horse!

Hi yo Silver… Away! ... (from The Lone Ranger).

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#6 posted 06-12-2019 11:40 PM

Hi guys,
Smiles here as I read the comments.
Joe, you always make me laugh. Now I have one wild and one cool shaving horse, not bad. Thanks.
Brit, thank you Andy, I think it came out well, only few lazy mistakes and yes we can always improve. ;-)
Druid, Many thanks back.
lew, the devil is in them… Smiles dear lew.
Dave, look in my blogs, there’s also a traditional one. One wild shaving horse. Enjoy the build.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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