Shave Horse "The Clydesdale"

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Project by Beshires1 posted 05-22-2013 08:11 AM 9255 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a shave horse that could handle a wide range of stock 1” to about 8” and without all the adjusting involved with the common shave horse. While looking at a old pair of Craftsman auto adjusting pliers I decided to use some of the pliers design in making a shave horse.This is my first attempt at designing a auto-adjusting shave horse, but the results were pretty amazing. I wanted it to look as if it were built 200 years ago, so i built it out of oak log bench and used black jack oak and persimmon for the head and treadle. All pieces of the Clydesdale were hand made using a draw knife on another shave horse, holes drilled with Brace-n-Bit, and hand plane to smooth up some parts. This would be really nice built with conventional lumber. But I wanted the first Clydesdale to look really old. I think I hit it on the head. Except for the shiny new screen door springs.

-- " I've done so much for so long with so little, I'm now qualified to do practically anything with nothing"

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#1 posted 05-22-2013 12:07 PM

I still love this thing. You should post a link to the build pictures from the other site.


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#2 posted 05-22-2013 12:22 PM

Very nice !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 05-22-2013 01:22 PM

Great looking ‘clydesdale’! like to see more pics if you have them!! And byt the way, which part do you step down on, towards the front? How about a shot of you sitting on it with something being held down to show it in use?? Sure would help. I need to make one of these for holding flutes while being worked up. Thanks!

-- Dennis, WV

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#4 posted 05-22-2013 01:26 PM

I love these recreations of the old tools. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 05-22-2013 02:48 PM

I like these types of old school tools too! This one looks great! Makes me want to take my rusty old draw knives off the wall, clean them up, and get to work making shavings on the forest floor! I can see that deep in an aspen grove with golden leaves crackling above, near a camp fire with a pot of coffee nestled in the coals!! Man do I need a vacation! Thanks for posting!!

-- Darren A. - Bosque County, Texas "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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#6 posted 05-23-2013 04:47 AM

Awesome job!

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 05-25-2013 11:01 AM

Glad you guys like it! The Clydesdale is a work still in progress. I have several improvements to be made. Like replacing the round wood washers on the side. They have to be larger – they act as a guide for the head assembly to travel in. I am kinda behind on replying to all comments as the lightening from the recent storms here in Mississippi, struck the cable that provides my internet service. shutting my internet adventures down. Here is a link to all the designing photos of the Clydesdale Photo Link .

-- " I've done so much for so long with so little, I'm now qualified to do practically anything with nothing"

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#8 posted 05-29-2013 08:41 PM

I love the old look. I’ve been looking to make a shave horse and just didn’t really know how to build it. Hopefully mine will turn out as good as your. Thanks for sharing.

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