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Lew that look authentic. The last time I saw one used was by Roy Underhill.
 

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I keep saying that I'm going to make one. How long did it take you? Mine won't be all that fancy (no sanding). Have you used it? Is it sturdy enough for heavy roughing cuts with a drawknife?

Like I didn't already have enough to do…
 

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Thanks for the kind words.

It actually didn't take that long. I think I spent more time trying to figure out the dimensions and making a jig to bore the leg holes. The entire piece was made from a single 2×12 x 8ft- except for the 3 dowel pegs turned from oak and the walnut wedges for the leg wedges. About a day and a half, in the shop, for actual construction.

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Looks like a grand workstation Lew. I am sure your friend will appreciate and put it to good use. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Looks good. Now I need to get out and build mine
 

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I'll be your friend!
 

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Nice shaving horse.
I bought the plan of the traditional one long ago, don't know when to start building it.
 

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ok…call me dumb…just what is a shaving horse? looks cool…I am imagining a seat to make/shave wood??

looks cool!
 

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Matt,

It is a type of vice that was/is used to hold material- usually small logs- to remove the bark and then work down to the desired size. The finished pieces are used for chair legs, spindles, wheel spokes etc. The work is accomplished with draw knives and spoke shaves.

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Very cool, Lew! One of these has been on my list (my looong list) of things to do. I'd like to make mine out of half of a 12 inch oak log, and carve out the seat with an angle grinder. A good friend of mine's dad has one of these that he milled out of a log, and it's awesome. Takes a couple guys to move it, he's on it a couple hours every day.

Great job!
 

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Thanks Steve,

Thought about the log route but my tools and equipment are not really large enough to handle large logs. But that really is the true shaving horse.

Lew
 

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Very cool. I would like to make one of these.
 

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thanks for the explanation Lew…now we need a video clip of it in action!!!
 

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Are you kidding!! I'll leave that to the younger guys!!
 

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Very nice shaving horse! It's much more refined than the one my husband made but it's functional and he added a padded seat that can be moved forward and back since we are different heights. I use the horse to start my shafts and it's really an enjoyable tool as there's no noise and you can actually hear yourself think as you shave down your wood, as opposed to the noisy machines.

This is really a nice piece.
 
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