Shaving Horse from a Tree

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Project by Tom posted 11-25-2020 06:02 PM 1085 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that I have wanted to try for several years. The opportunity came when an oak tree in front of my home needed to be removed. I saved two 8 foot logs and my friend milled them into planks. I used one of the planks and one of the off cuts from the outside to make this shaving horse, also known as a Schnitzelbank.

This was green woodworking which is fairly typical for fashioning this kind of device. It is a heavy kind of woodworking, but this type of device is usually fairly rough and rugged. I based a lot of the construction techniques on information from the Woodwright’s Shop videos and books.

It works quite well for use with the drawknife and spokeshave. I’m looking forward to some new project opportunities with this device.

You can read about the construction here:

Happy Thanksgiving! :)

-- Tom

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#1 posted 11-25-2020 11:01 PM

Neat project, you got me to thinking about one. It would be a nice little addition to the shop porch.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 11-25-2020 11:36 PM

When I saw your blog post I had to Google what one of these is used for. Now after seeing your finished horse I really want to make one. Nice job!

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#3 posted 11-26-2020 12:22 AM

Yeah, this is really an old fashioned holding device to work wood, prepare it for the lathe and create spindles and legs for chairs and tables. Often used for green woodworking. Some might call it folk or craft woodworking.

For those who enjoy Roy Underhill’s the Woodwright’s Shop, this is a staple for working wood.

-- Tom

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#4 posted 11-26-2020 03:29 AM

I have been looking to build one of these for quite some time now. Your post has rekindled that desire. Nice Schnitzelbank!

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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#5 posted 01-11-2022 04:39 PM

Wow! Very nice. Can’t wait to make one…

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#6 posted 01-11-2022 05:16 PM

You’ve done a very nice job with this, congrats!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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