Build a Shaving Horse with Hand Tools

Hey guys, in today’s video I’m going to
be building a shaving horse with hand tools and hopefully I’ll be able to make
it all from this top that blew out of the tree right here. It came right out of
that one right there. So you may be wondering why it is that I want to build
a shaving horse and the idea kind of originated when I picked up this hewing
hatchet right here a couple weeks ago at an auction and if you’ve been watching
my Log Farmhouse Restoration videos you would have already seen this there.
Now I’ve done a little bit of work on it I put a better edge on it and I smoothed
off the back to get all the rust off from there and I’ll do a full kind of
restoration on this hatchet head when I get around to taking the handle off on
this and then making a new one with my new shave horse that I’m going to have
here. I also picked up a few other heads when I was at the auction there as
well. So anyway let’s get started on building this shaving horse. Hey guys I hope you enjoyed the video. It’s a little bit different than my normal style of doing it. I will leave in
the description, a list of all the tools that I used. So if you’re curious about
what all I used that’ll be down there, and that’s about it for this video. I hope
you enjoyed it, if you did give it a thumbs up. Got any questions about what I did or
how I did it. You can put those down in the comments below and I will do my best
to give a speedy reply to that and if you really liked what you saw, go ahead
and hit that subscribe button. It really means a lot people when you subscribe to
the channel because you’re saying, “Hey, I really liked what you put out, and I
would like to see more of what you have to say!” That’s going to be all for this
time and I will see you guys in the next video!

82 thoughts on “Build a Shaving Horse with Hand Tools

  1. I've been needing to build myself a shaving horse for some time now… perhaps that is one of my next projects, sooner rather than later ha.

  2. Well done! I just won a bid on eBay for what will be my first draw knife. It's an antique in very good condition with an 8" blade.
    I want to get one with a 12" or 14" blade for larger timbers also.

    Just started working with raw timbers and having a good time so far. My project I want to build is the shave horse.
    I don't have a spoke shave but plan on getting one soon. Not sure where you live, but the scenery is beautiful!
    Honestly the best part of your video I enjoyed the most was watching you sharpen your draw knife on that river or stream.
    Thanks for posting this, you put your heart and soul into it for sure.

  3. Good work Young Man.ย  I've got my son building one for me now.ย  Nice to see energetic and creative people getting down to the basics.

  4. excellent build. you've learned a fundamental truth, " it takes a shave horse to build a shave horse". glad you used the old tools. you can wire the treadle together in lieu of using the small wooden pegs to lock the treadle arms. kinda like the wire on a buck saw.

  5. Going to try making one of these and your video is just what I was looking for. I scored a hewing hatchet at a garage sale that looks just like yours. Great job on the video and shaving horse.

  6. Nice job great project getting ready to make one for my self I like the simplicity of yours thanks for the video

  7. hey young man,im 75 years old so I need you to come build me one. ha did a real good job on that thanks for sharing.

  8. Thank you for this! I really wanted a bench made from rough timber and not store bought lumber. Iโ€™m inspired now!

  9. Nice job on both the horse & the video. I like how your video showed you either just testing things out or learning & adjusting you built (like adding the peg to hold your wedge in place & adding the V notch to hold the workpiece). I too appreciate the skill that you have and labor that you invested in doing this all by hand, from a branch, with 'vintage' tools.

  10. Nice job!

    One quick tip:

    If you haven't found out already, a sharp angle from head to handle on a mallet usually means it will snap off right at the transition point. It's best to let there be a taper from the head to the handle; the more gradual the taper, the less likely that the head snaps off in use.๐Ÿ‘

  11. Good Job! How long was the bench? Looked to between 6' or 7' in length, aain good job, enjoyed it very much. Robert in Circleville, Ohio

  12. Great Job from Italy ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿน๐Ÿ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  13. Great job. Perfect example of how youth should be applied to a problem. Visualize it and make it happen. Great job young man, you should be proud of your achievement!

  14. Excellent job..Congratulations..May i have the Dimensions and the distances between all of the parts and holes?? Many thanks

  15. I enjoyed your video and subbed! It is truly amazing that logs were huned just as you did for every board in barns and cabins. Your video brings that reality to life! Thank you for your abilities. I will be building a shaving horse soon.

  16. This was great I really enjoyed watching you build it all by hand more people need learn how to work this way I have a lot of and still collect lots of old hand and foot powered tools keep up the good work I really enjoy watching people still working by hand I try to do it all the time to me it's a better life

  17. I'm sure you probably know by now but using a hewing hatchet like that it's much easier to go at the wood as if you were quarter sawing, rather than along the grain

  18. Great job!!๐Ÿ‘good to see a Young man doing something constructive& useful with his time,stay the path young scout
    I found that same axe head&a few others at an auction myself also It fast became one of my favorites for wood working Be safe&Gods Blessings Be with you&yours ๐Ÿค 

  19. Great work it came out awesome,hey make yourself a large mallet with auger bit an a piece of that log like your did to put the legs in . A large hammer are mallet comes in handy for driving in legs ,stakes an posts . My 3 sons love trying to out do there dad they try swinging my 40 lb mallet to drive post in we have probably 20 or more wooden hammers here . Oil your shave horse so it last for a long time .

  20. Perfect video, perfect job. Congrats, Thumbs up, I subscribe and thanks for sharing this.

  21. Great tutorial! Very peaceful too. Nice hearing nature in the background rather than music. Did you do that all in one day? If so…how long did it take you?

  22. Very good episode, clear instructions, good filming angles, all pluses. You are going to have a great career in doing instructional videos.

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