Shave Horse

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Project by BuxWood posted 01-19-2022 03:45 PM 575 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first post here so be kind. Always wanted to build my own shave horse so this became my Christmas project. It’s based loosely on a plan from Lee Valley / Veritas. I built the horse almost entirely from salvaged and left over materials. The maple bench was a dumpster find from a locker room renovation, the clamping platform came from salvaged pine floor boards, the legs and seat came from a curb find Windsor chair that couldn’t be saved as a chair, and the foot clamp is left over copper pipe from a project as well as the copper pipe clamp that is repurposed as a handle for the quoin. The leather came from a scrap materials pile. And even the paint was leftover from another project. Both the quoin and seat have aluminum bar stock embedded in the bottom of them (again from another project) and they slide in mortises on the bench. All in all I was glad to clear out some stuff from my saved pile and create something nice and useful from it.

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#1 posted 01-19-2022 04:19 PM

Excellent work! I always wanted to make one of these but I’m so limited on space. Yours’s turned out really nice!

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#2 posted 01-19-2022 07:05 PM

Nice looking project.


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#3 posted 01-20-2022 01:39 AM

Great re-use of materials. The windsor chair parts give a real fancy look.

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#4 posted 01-20-2022 05:27 AM

Nice project! You got me with the word “quoin”, usually I know what folks are talking about. I had to look that one up. Am I correct in assuming the quoin raises and lowers the ramp that the workpiece rests on?

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#5 posted 01-20-2022 05:08 PM

Real nice shave horse!! Did you give him a name???

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#6 posted 02-05-2022 11:54 PM

interesting take on a classic design. hope it serves you well!

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