german style shaving horse

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Project by emart posted 09-25-2013 05:44 AM 2852 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

First large project in a while. I recently got some books by Roy Underhill and one of the projects was a shaving horse.

It is made from slabs of black locust the largest being 10”x3”x5ft

This is easily the largest project I have done with such basic tools. I quite literally started out with an 8 foot log that was located in my front yard. After splitting it down into semi-manageable chunks i dragged it to the back yard so i could work on it without the neighbors staring at me. the legs are attached using hand hewn mortise and tenon joints and the riser assembly is held on with oak dowels. i would have preferred to use locust dowels but i don’t have a dowel cutter and am not willing to spend 3 days making them on my lathe. I would have preferred to do all of this traditionally in order to acquire more skills but the wood is so tough i had to use some modern equipment and I don’t have very many traditional tools. I did this largely with chisels, a hatchet, a cordless drill, brace and bit, a firewood saw, a circular saw, and my thickness planer. unfortunately in the process of building this both my hatchet and wood mallet disintegrated. clearly they were never meant for something this extreme. not including the broken cost to replace my hatchet the entire thing cost me about $30 for some drill bits and dowels

Eventually I plan on building a nice treadle and replacing the dumbhead but I will leave it the way it is for now until i am willing to put more hours into this project and that will have to wait until i make a pair of black locust mallets so i have something that can survive this kind of use

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#1 posted 09-25-2013 11:03 AM


-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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