Spoon mule - for shaving horse & workbench (post)

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Project by mafe posted 06-04-2019 05:11 PM 2374 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spoon mule
for shaving horse & workbench

As promised; a spoon mule to mount on the MaFeSan shaving horse, or on your workbench, in the tail vice.

For those who are not familiar with a spoon mule, it’s a device to hold the spoon or other small objects, while you work on them. You use your legs to provide the pressure on the jaws and like this, you have both hands free for your tools and a firm hold and support, for the work piece. (You will understand after reading the blog).

These pictures are from the MaFeSan shaving horse blog:

1. The spoon mule in use.
2. The 2×4’s salvaged from the trash.
3. Making a hidden joint.
4. Testing the jaws.
5. Spoon mule mounted on the work bench.
6. First spoon finished on the mule.

A man, working on a spoon, on a mule, on a horse…
(That sounds kind of strange).

Hope it can be to some inspiration, who knows, perhaps some spoons.

Best thoughts,


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

15 comments so far

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#1 posted 06-04-2019 05:27 PM

Man!... I love those photos and working mood in your workshop

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 06-04-2019 08:08 PM

A man, working on a spoon, on a mule, on a horse…
(That sounds kind of strange).

Good thing you didn’t cut any rabbets on your spoon, on the mule, on the horse. ;-)

I hope your mule brings you much happiness, Mads!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Don W

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#3 posted 06-04-2019 10:39 PM

You’re building quit the stable Mads

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 06-04-2019 11:54 PM

That is a great idea for an accessory to the shaving horse!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 06-05-2019 01:53 AM

So clever and useful.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 06-05-2019 10:22 AM

I really like your shaving horse and the spoon mule attachment!
Those slotted wedges/shims are as simple as clever. I have to make some for my spoon mule (attachment for workbench).

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#7 posted 06-05-2019 01:49 PM

What Ivan said…

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

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James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 06-05-2019 08:59 PM

Nice work. Like Ivan and Lew said. Great ambiance, and a cozy shop.
Are you one of Saint Nicks helpers?

-- James E McIntyre

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#9 posted 06-05-2019 09:28 PM

Congrats on the editors choice. That’s a unique idea and many will find it useful.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 06-05-2019 10:54 PM

There are posts, and then there are completely illustrated hand held walks along as you did something. Incredible job of illustration here.

Good on you for sharing.

Gonna go out on a limb here and suggest there will be a lot of shaving horses done around here. They are the best work holder, for any type of hand tool work, especially if it doesn’t lay flat on a bench. Just an addition, to those who have a bench already, and if that bench has a vise, it could hold a jig similar to your spoon Mule. Standing instead of comfortably sitting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 06-06-2019 02:45 PM

Very creative and unique, great thinking.


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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 06-08-2019 04:53 AM


Looks like you sitting down on the job! :)

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

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#13 posted 06-12-2019 05:59 PM

Hi guys,
I’m back from Rome.

A wonderful week, with my love and my camera – good food, wine, tobacco and beauty, where ever you look.

majuvla, thank you Ivan, I love to work in my little workshop, I smile, when I enter the door, every time I go there.
Dave Polaschek, as long as I don’t cut rabbits, on a mule, on a horse… ;-D Big thank you for the wish.
Don W, hmmmmmm a spoon giraffe next… :-)
Jim, the multi mule… I almost finished a lathe for my other horse, so perhaps that one should be the donkey… Smiles.
Swirt, yes a shaving horse, is a surprisingly useful tool for some tasks and the spoon mule, can be used for all kinds of holding, so I think this will be a winner.
muesli, thank you. The wedges and the arms theat can be liftet up and down, makes a big differens in grip.
Lew, sometimes I wish the world were even samller, then we could meet up for beer and wood, in eachothers workshops, from time to time.
James E McIntyre, ha ha ha, I need a red hat… Thank you, it’s a joyful place to hang out, I call it my meditative room.
doubleDD, I think it’s the first time I have been a editors choice, thanks. Last time I was a editors choice, it was with Christopher Schwarts, that was not a good experience. :-D So perhaps I need to worry now. :-O Laugh. I will be really happy if it becomes a usefull idea, to see mules ride horses exploding.
therealSteveN, a big warm smile here, thank you. Those are really kind words. I do my best, but acually fond this blog a little messy, so I was hoping pople could follow any way, it seems like you all could, so I am pleased. I love to share my builds and ideas, I was retired due to a neck operation, so I feel I can give something back lige this, to give is the biggest gift of all.
a1Jim, hi dear Jim, thank you for the kind words.
Joe, I have the feeling you are doing some stand up… ;-D
Best thoughts to all of you,

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

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#14 posted 09-24-2019 04:09 PM

“A man, working on a spoon, on a mule, on a horse…
(That sounds kind of strange).”

Well it’s better than a man spooning a mule on a horse. LOL.

Not sure how I missed this when you posted it, but great job my firend.

-- 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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#15 posted 10-03-2019 06:00 PM

Smiles and laugh.
Yes that sounds and is strange.
As long as I’m not mooning on a horse…
Thank you for the kind words.
I’m not much around at the time, life is generous, so not much time left.
Best of my thoughts,

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

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