Shoeing Box

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Project by Thos. Angle posted 03-05-2009 11:26 PM 10178 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since we can’t move to Wyoming until the 15th and since Carleen has most of the house packed, I’ve had some time to finish some projects before I turn over my machinery. My old horse shoeing box is welded steel. While no horse ever busted it up by standing on it, I can’t hardly lift it any more. Getting old I guess. I needed something lighter. This one is made of Oak plywood. Glued and screwed. Coated with poly and reinforced with some scrap leather on wear points. Shoeing horses is enough work without having to carry a heavy box. The compartments on top are used to hold horseshoe nails and small tools. It’s also a good place to lay shaped shoes before putting them on the horse. The tools have gotten a little rusty while I was using other tools but I’ve gotten them oiled up and ready to go. From my point of view, horse shoeing ranks right up there with fence building, sheep shearing and cow milking; ya gotta do it but ya don’t have to like it, just be good at it.

The “C over T” brand belongs to Carleen and I here in Oregon. The “Reversed S Lazy Open A” is my old Scripter and Angle brand from when I was in business with my Mother.

” If ya ride a mount of hosses, then ya gotta keep ‘em shod,
If ya can’t shoe ‘em standing, then ya lay on the sod,
Ya can tack the iron on ‘em if ya gotta mind to try,
Better git busy, boys, root hog er die.”

Old cowboy song, “Root hog or Die”

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#1 posted 03-05-2009 11:39 PM

Wow – surprised to see an entry from you. looks like a very handy project. I don’t envy anyone that has to use it though. I live right over the Bighorns from Dayton. I have always liked that area.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#2 posted 03-06-2009 01:45 AM

Very practical idea Tom.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 03-06-2009 01:53 AM

Nice piece of utility work, so along with all your other titles you are a farrier too. You know some old hand might look at that fancy piece of work and wonder if they are near a city slicker. Naw surely not.

-- “Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.” General Robert E. Lee, C.S.A.

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#4 posted 03-06-2009 04:11 AM

A handy shoeing box!
Wow! ya still got time to make sawdust. I just caouldn’t imagine how you would adapt your self with different enviroment and with alot of scheduled duties and responsibilities. I will be shivering if I do not do woodworking for a day. But we must not discard the fact that make a living is a utmost important, right?

Good luck on you new job, Thos!
Take care and live the enjoyable life.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 03-06-2009 05:11 AM

Nice Tom. Looks like you’re getting the tools of the trade all lined up!

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#6 posted 03-06-2009 07:46 AM

I’ve never shoed a horse, but I’ve stretched a lot of fences, Thos. and I agree with with you. Gonna miss having you around, sir!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#7 posted 03-07-2009 06:34 PM

I’m with TomK… Never shoed one, but I’ve sure fed a lot, and stretched a lot of fence. I miss handling all the animals.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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