A shaving horse, called a “shaveshorse,” by Lie-Nielsen, is designed for shaping long narrow pieces of wood. You sit on one end and pull a. The Lie-Nielsen shavehorse designed by Brian Boggs Woodworking Projects, Wood . Discover The Boggs Shaving Horse and The Story Behind The Design. A shaving horse plan which proved very well in the practice, and which Showing Brian Boggs new shaving horse design and how the shave horse moves.

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In the article Brian recommends that individuals adjust the bggs of the horse to fit their build, although in reality most people simply follow the dimensions in the article. Taunton Workshops In-depth online classes from the experts at Shvaing Woodworking. In the bevel down position with the bevel flat on the wood as shown in the photo on the right, the back of the blade is quite a distance off the surface of the wood.

Shaving Horse by Brian Boggs

A Finer Side of Pine. And the more pressure you exert with your feet, the more clamping force you exert on the workpiece. For flat cuts with the blade bevel up, the back of the blade is almost in full contact with the wood as shown in the photo below on the left.

I begin with the grit diamond stone on the left and hone the bevel until I have a small burr on the back. Sign up Log in. For me the difference was like night and day.

Brian has a couple of very good videos on the Fine Woodworking web site. Fine Woodworking has an excellent article on using the grinder from the May issue: Drawknife blade geometry For a drawknife that will be used exclusively bevel down, a flat bevel and a completely flat back will work. You could also use an Arkansas stone charged with the diamond paste.


Using only hand tools, Chris Gochnour builds a Shaker classic that is as solidly constructed as it is beautiful. The optimal position of any knife is determined hkrse the relationship of angle of the handles relative to the angle of the back of the blade. As I mentioned, the question of whether a drawknife is primarily bevel up or primarily bevel down is a result of the relationship between the angle of the briah and the back of the blade.

The Passage of Time. In general I prefer to use the drawknife bevel up for flat and convex cuts and bevel down for concave cuts. These videos do not require an on-line membership and I highly recommend them. Taunton Workshops In-depth online classes from the experts at Fine Woodworking.

It is a massive piece of European beech with enough power to crush most any piece of wood I put in its jaws and enough weight to hold work still for the heaviest planing. Newsletter Get woodworking tips, expert advice and special offers in your inbox.

With so many people making chairs and carving spoons, the shaving horse is making a comeback and can be found in more shops than ever before. Side Chair Build Archive.

Shaving Horse by Brian Boggs – Free Woodworking

Member Exclusives More Member Exclusives. In fact there are some chairmakers who prefer a vice. His first shaving horse design was a functional brjan ergonomic marvel, allowing the craftsman to concentrate on the sculpting the workpiece, not figuring out how hogse hold it.

This method is simple and accurate but can be time consuming. A good shaving horse grips a workpiece firmly, releases and readjusts its grip as quickly as you can move your foot and allows more control and sensitivity for holding parts without bruising them than any other clamping system I know. Christian Becksvoort shows you how to empty out that scrap bin by making a beautiful handmade candle holder. One last thing on drawknives. In both cases this is a pretty comfortable positions for my hands and wrists.


This full-contact workbench is essentially a foot-operated clamp, designed to carefully grip a workpiece in a variety of orientations so it can be shaped with hand tools.


Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. From the Store View More. The tool kit includes a drawknife for initial stock removal as well as end grain finish cuts, a flat bottom spokeshave for flat and convex cuts, a round bottom spokeshave for concave cuts, and a card scraper for final surface shaping and removal of any tear-out.

Probably the most common mistake my students make when sharpening a scraper is to turn too heavy a burr. The main body of this horse can be made from a single 2 x 10 x If you are pretty good at the grinder this option works very well and is faster. I prefer to have the blade above the bars.

This knife is definitely better in the bevel down position. From the Store Brin More. Card scrapers Of all the tools that students come to class with, the card scraper seems to be the most misunderstood.

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The horizontal bar on the guide contacts the lower front edge of the set-up block, and the blade contacts the block on top. Get woodworking tips, expert advice and special offers in your inbox. Our biweekly podcast allows editors, authors, and special guests to answer your woodworking questions and connect with the online woodworking community.