Archive for February, 2009

In answer to a request, I published this on * paleoplanet and have had a lot of people looking at it.How to build a shave horse- but just this one.


The Horse
These 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 angle between the table and the main table was pretty much eyed up. If the table is not actually level it will not be a problem. by this method, you sort of have to take what you can get. The seat is 20″ high, a standard height for a stool or chair.

End view

 Relative dimensions
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 and front fork fit loosely into 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 but is left off here for a little clarity.
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.
I realize I have left out a number of details, but this is a project for folks with more than basic skills. Building this is one way to expand both you skill set and an appreciation of wood in its natural form as a component of making useful stuff.
* Since I first published this, support for the photographs involved has changed, even on this site. However, this site allows me to add media directly instead of having to go through a third party. So, I have re-edited with new photo sources and some new text.

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