Shaving Horse

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Project by TreeBones posted 10-13-2008 08:02 PM 5153 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks Lew, for the inspiration. I made this one out of Cedar, Live Oak and Black Oak. It was a hot item at the Columbia State Historic Park “Harvest Festifall” this past weekend where it was the first item to sell. It was an 1800’s theme where everyone dresses up like the old days and they put on demonstrations, have gold panning and sell all hand made items from local vendors. It fit right in. I will be making more for next year and for my own toy.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#1 posted 10-13-2008 08:34 PM

looks great although I have never tried one I would love to.sorry really I don’t have room for this type of thing in my shop.regards Alistair.

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 10-13-2008 09:11 PM

Howdy Ron,

Nice shaving Horse. That ought to hold that sucker.

I cut all the walnut into bowl blanks and painted the ends. It’s almost drying too quickly now.

Thanks again, John

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#3 posted 10-13-2008 09:15 PM

Love it! Still waiting to get around to making one. Near the top of my list! Thanks for the view. Love your mallet too.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 10-13-2008 09:52 PM

Hey Ron, we were there and talked about black oak. I was the one with the bunged up hand. Will be in touch for an order.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#5 posted 10-13-2008 10:01 PM

Back where I come from we call these “Snitzlebunks” they were used allot to make white oak baskets. I made one for my wife a number of years ago also of oak. We have moved over the years and sold it. She no longer makes the baskets.

-- Mike Lebo

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#6 posted 10-13-2008 10:41 PM

Live oak and ash juniper are the predominant trees in my area of Texas. The ash juniper we call cedar, and is good for rustic furniture and fence posts, so I don’t fool with it. I’ve tried messing about with live oak, and the stuff I’ve had is as hard as a bullet. I’m glad you were able to make something useful from it!

Thanks for posting this!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#7 posted 10-14-2008 03:10 AM

That is great looking shaving horse you made there. That is one project that has always been on my long list :) I like watching the WoodWright show on PBS. I thought it would be neat to have one set up at a show and make a chair or something while people watched. It seems people like to watch someone working on a project :) When I do make one I think I am going to incorporate “a Padded seat” :) hehe, be better on the bones…
Once again, great job….

Texasgaloot: Live oak and ash juniper, Pecan, Bois D’ Arc, Elm... I am pretty much limited to the same selection as you but have you tried native Texas Pecan? It mills well and makes for some nice projects and as a plus you can BBQ with the scraps :)

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#8 posted 10-14-2008 03:37 AM

Fantastic Looking Job!

I really like the rustic wood construction!


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

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#9 posted 04-24-2011 10:03 AM

I know, y’all thought I’d died, but even better. Moved onto Treebones lumber mill and started making one of these this morning, should be done by Monday I’ll post pictures.
I’d never seen one til I used Ron’s. I love it. A portable bench where you get to sit while you work the material. Depending on your applications, these things can be altered rather nicely. I don’t know how I’ve made it this long without one.

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#10 posted 04-24-2011 02:55 PM

I love shaving horses and have seen a few up in the Smoky Mountains from time to time. The closest thing that I have to one is an antique saddler’s bench and it is a beautiful thing. I should build a shaving horse to go under my favorite oak tree. It would be a pleasure to have one.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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