The Shave Pony

I have wanted to build a shave horse for some time but I just cannot justify the space it would occupy in my small shop. So a compromise is in order that I call the shave pony. This is basically a bench top shaving horse.
This will be a great stop gap solution until I can make a more complete shave horse.

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  1. Mitch Wilson says:

    Will this receive Mike Dunbar’s approval?

    • Shannon says:

      Doubtful, obviously he has built more Windsors than most folks so you have to respect his opinion but I don’t know how he does it. Just rounding stock for the pole lathe made me built this. I could not imagine building an entire Windsor without a shave horse.

  2. Dean says:

    That’s a nice workaround for the short term. However, you might not need to construct a shave horse. But, I guess that depends on if you concur with Mike Dunbar or not. See link below.

    • Shannon says:

      Dean this is exactly what Mitch is referring to in the comments below. Call me nostalgic but I like using a shavehorse and it suits my idiom better than standing at a front vise to shave spindles. Maybe once I have built as many chairs as Mike I’ll think differently but seeing as I have only built 3 of them so far, I’m still loving the shave horse.

  3. Joel Jacobson says:

    May I make a couple of suggestions that may enhance your draw knife techniques –

    1) Try using the draw knife with the bevel up. That can eliminate its tendency to dig in.

    2) Rather than pull the draw knife straight back, use a slicing motion – pulling the blade to the side as you cut.

    I hope you find this useful.


  4. Joel Jacobson says:

    Correction! I meant with the bevel DOWN … Sorry


    • Shannon says:

      I couldn’t agree more. I don’t really worry about skewing when just roughing a blank for the lathe. Watch again and look closely, you will see the bevel is down

  5. Sam says:

    Hey Shannon,

    What about a piece of leather on the lower face of the clamp block ?

    Just a though.

    • Shannon says:

      Absolutely, I have worked with several shave horses that employ that and all my vises do the same. I don’t have any leather on hand right now or I would have already done it.

  6. SteveR says:

    The top piece which holds the workpiece could probably be a or 1 1/2″ or 2″square instead of a board. That would expose more of the piece you are drawknifing and the clamping pressure really only occurs in that one spot anyhow – and the rest of your board really isn’t accomplishing much. If you cut the notch into the square then it’ll hold round pieces.
    You could even have a variety of clamping shapes for different pieces and interchange them as needed.

    Nice idea. I just find the height to be a bit awkward. I like the workpiece lower down.

  7. Kevin says:

    Did you drill a new hole on the arm for the pivot? It looks like the pivot bolt isn’t in the hole.

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