In answer to a request, I published this on paleoplanet and have had a lot of people looking at it.
Archive for February, 2009
How to build a shave horse- but just this one
The pictures show dimensions that are suggestions. I am about 5 Feet and 10 inches tall so this horse fits me very well. If you are 5 inches taller or shorter, the height of the table might need to be raised or lowered but everything else can be the same. The seat is 20″ high, the standard height for a stool or chair.
First, you might get a piece of cardboard and lay out the general dimensions and shape. From this, transfer the lengths of the main fork, the leg fork, and any incidental measurements to a stick that can be easily carried and could double as a walking stick. Now, get a saw and start walking. (Note: I use hand-powered tools. They’re safer and I’m cheap.) If you will be dragging a chain saw along, please have someone accompany you. It will be good to have help carrying your wood back also. I am fortunate to have woods available to me practically in my back yard. I say here that if you don’t have direct access to gatherable materials, please get permission before removing anything from private or public property.
The seat fits loosely at the end of the main frame fork. This makes it easier to transport but its also a little wobbly. The clamp frame axle is shown sticking out the side of the main frame. The clamp has to be in place in order to set the axle.
All the “mortice” holes are 2″ diameter and the tenons are whittled to fit. The movable table plank is about 1 3/4″ thick X 4 1/2″ X 22″ long. I keep a 2 1/2″ diameter piece of branch which can be used to adjust the distance between the top of the plank and the jaw of the clamp for different thickness of materials.