Shaving Horse

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Project by CodyM posted 10-15-2012 03:14 AM 31294 views 19 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this shaving horse after becoming interested in doing some green woodworking. The main body is constructed of dimensional lumber (pine and douglas fir). The seat was made from a 2” thick piece of poplar. Made the pivoting pin from some 1/2” steel rod from Home Depot and turned the handle from a chunk of exotic hardwood (I believe it is rosewood). After using it for a bit I realized I needed a more secure spot to set my drawknife in since it kept getting knocked to the ground. So I made the drawknife holder from a piece of 2×4 with a rabbet cut in it and glued it to the horse. Pics 5 and 6 show it getting some use making some parts for the mulberry stool I made (another one of my projects.) I really like the three legged design which allows it to sit on my highly unlevel garage floor without rocking.

-- Cody - Salt Lake City, UT

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#1 posted 10-15-2012 03:39 AM

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#2 posted 10-15-2012 12:05 PM

Great looking horse. Get a bunch of use out of it.

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#3 posted 10-15-2012 01:02 PM

Giddy up.
Looks awesome.
You’ll make some great projects on that horsie.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#4 posted 10-15-2012 03:58 PM

Now that is one great designed shaving horse! Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 10-15-2012 07:32 PM

congrats with your new horse :-)
I like the toolrest you have build in


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#6 posted 10-15-2012 08:50 PM

Nice work and very useful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 10-15-2012 10:22 PM

A shaving horse that im sure Roy Underhill would use with a smile!

-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"

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#8 posted 10-15-2012 10:33 PM

This does look really nice. I’ve been tempted here and there to make one, but no round tuits. I gotta tell ya that when I first saw this pic in the tiny frame they show up on the project page I’m thinking “Here is someone trying to breed saw horses. I wonder how that works out.” LOL But upon enlarging it, the real thing showed up in all its functional beauty. Enjoy using it.
BTW, I solved the problem of draw knife storage for me, not unlike what you did, but without the horse.
Be safe!

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#9 posted 10-16-2012 02:17 AM

Great job with your horse! Enjoy the many great spirited shavings!

All the best,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#10 posted 10-17-2012 04:07 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments! Unfortunately it doesn’t get a whole lot of use lately since I have been busy with other projects but when I do use it I have a blast. I love making shavings with a drawknife in green wood!

-- Cody - Salt Lake City, UT

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#11 posted 10-28-2018 10:39 PM

I was wondering if you had plans for this or where you get them. My father is getting into different carving and making walking sticks and has asked me to make him one. I really like the way tlyours looks Thanks

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