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Modern Shave Horse


MoTinkerGNome
MoTinkerGNome
MoTinkerGNome
MoTinkerGNome

A shave horse is a work bench with a foot actuated horizontal clamp. There are 2 main styles the German style that had a dumb head, that is basically a block on on a lever with a plank for the foot bar. The second is the English style bodgers bench, that uses two levers with a piece of stock for the clamp. Both styles use a stationary surface to hold the piece to be worked against. The German offers better leverage with the English a even clamp.

I went with a combination of the two styles I used an English head with a German style foot pedal. Oh and I sized mine for a 6'2" guy with a 32" inseam if you are shorter or taller you may need to tweak the final dimensions to fit you.

The Full instructions to make your own are linked in my Instructables page
http://www.instructables.com/id/Modern-Shave-Horse/

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      • 4 - 2'X4'X8" PREMIUM GRADE STUD ($3 EACH LEFT OVER FROM WORKBENCH)
      • 1 - 1"X10"X18" PINE BOARD (SCRAP FROM WORK BENCH) $2
      • 1 - 2"X2"X6" OAK SQUARE STOCK (SCRAP FROM LUMBERYARD) $2
      • 1 - 1/2"X8" CARRIAGE BOLT. (3 FOR $4)
      • 1 - 1/2"X6" HEX HEAD BOLT (3 FOR $3.50)
      • 4 - 1/2" WASHERS (BAG FOR $2)
      • 2 - 1/2" NUTS (BAG FOR $2)
      • 1 1"X6"X24" PINE BOARD (SCRAP FROM WORKBENCH)
      • 2 1/2 #10 GRK UBER GRADE SCREWS (LEFT OVER FROM WORKBENCH)
      • 1 1/4 #8 GRK UBER GRADE SCREWS (LEFT OVER FROM WORKBENCH)
      • SQUARE OF 16OZ TANNED LEATHER 3 1/2" BY 3 1/2" (CRAFT SUPPLIES ON HAND)
      • TUBE OF LOCTITE CONTACT ADHESIVE (CRAFT SUPPLIES ON HAND)

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  • I love that design! I do a lot of woodworking and this looks to be a great shave horse. Keep up the good work!
    By Old Codger, on January 12, 2017

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Modern Shave Horse

by MoTinkerGNome
Sep 11, 2015

A shave horse is a work bench with a foot actuated horizontal clamp. There are 2 main styles the German style that had a dumb head, that is basically a block on on a lever with a plank for the foot bar. The second is the English style bodgers bench, that uses two levers with a piece of stock for the clamp. Both styles use a stationary surface to hold the piece to be worked against. The German offers better leverage with the English a even clamp. I went with a combination of the two styles I used an English head with a German style foot pedal. Oh and I sized mine for a 6'2" guy with a 32" inseam if you are shorter or taller you may need to tweak the final dimensions to fit you. The Full instructions to make your own are linked in my Instructables page http://www.instructables.com/id/Modern-Shave-Horse/