Shave horse from white ash log

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Forum topic by wflather posted 03-11-2017 10:12 PM 3210 views 2 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2017 10:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shave horse shavehorse ash shaving horse

Around our property, our ash trees are dying (thanks to the emerald ash borer).
I’ve wanted to make a shave horse for a long time, and this seemed like a good time to do so.
Built mostly with hand tools, with a little help from lathe and table saw.

Starting from this log:

First plank:

Pieces for legs and other parts:

Smoothing the planks with a scrub plane:

Then moving on with the smooth plane – Stanley #4 1/2:

Using adjustable bevel as auger guide for leg holes:

Table saw guide for rounding the legs since they were too large and unbalanced for my lathe:

Drying the leg tenons in a sand-filled crock pot. This shrinks the wood for a snug fit:

Some parts for the vise:

This shavehorse will have a hinged, adjustable stand-off for the vice:

Final assembly- vice parts; top and food rests were turned on a lathe:

Shavehorse being put to work:

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#1 posted 03-11-2017 11:35 PM

Very nice it’s good to see some ash that isn’t being turned into firewood.

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#2 posted 03-11-2017 11:57 PM

Great project!

I’m having the same problem with the ash borers. The ash trees in my yard are falling faster than I can deal with them. I had a guy with a wood miser come out and cut up 10 ash and a couple walnut trees that came down. Some of the ash is 16-20” wide. I now have a lifetime supply.

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#3 posted 03-12-2017 12:59 AM

I wish I had figured out how nice it was to work with sooner, now I too can’t harvest then fast enough. I should have some of the larger ones sawn into lumber. It sure steam bends well and I wonder if it will make good chair seats. Of course it does make good firewood.

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#4 posted 03-12-2017 11:00 AM

Nice! Now that you have a shave horse, you can also use ash for canes, legs for things, etc.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 03-12-2017 01:03 PM

Awesome project. From log to a shop tool you can use for even more. Did you scrub and smooth plane the bottom of the plank too? That’s some dedication. Love your adjustment mechanism too.

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#6 posted 03-12-2017 02:13 PM

Very well done, and I’ve not seen the sand bucket method before. Heated the sand?

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#7 posted 03-12-2017 04:12 PM

Bill White- yes the sand is hot, left the leg tenons in for a couple hours to drive out the moisture and shrink them. Sized them just a bit larger, maybe 1/16” or so too big. Once dry tweaked the fit with spokeshave and sandpaper. With glue and ambient moisture they swell and you get a really snug fit. As the plank continues to drive, the fit gets snugger.

Tim, I did smooth all surfaces with the #4.

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#8 posted 03-12-2017 05:38 PM

very nice bench

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#9 posted 03-12-2017 09:26 PM

Beautiful and most respectable. I’m sure a lot of folks are humbled by the work.

It’s nice to see a post that isn’t some knuckle head question.

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