A friend brought by an old, dusty, maple chair that had seen better days. It
was missing a back spindle, the seat was split into three pieces and a
bottom rung stringer had lost its tenon end. I don't usually work on other
people's old chairs but I made an exception for just this one. Making
spindles is new for me but I have found the process interesting and
therapeutic(so far). This shaving horse is made from some old pressure
treated deck scrap lumber and a few other parts and some store bought. I
practiced a little on a piece of dowel and I think I can get the hang of it.
My new horse reminds me of an old girl friend, Phyllis, she was plain but
she could rock and roll.
Very cool. I'd only ever seen the dumb head type before, which is what
I have. Do you ever find the throat limits you? It's not real often,
but I've occasionally used mine on wider boards, usually ones I've
split out. This one looks like it would grab the more usual spindles
more solidly than a dumb head type would, though. Do you know if that's
Since Lawrence is new, I can say that this type, which is often called a
"bodger's" bench, is the very best for spindles, spoon handles and such. I
keep a selection of top holds available for mine with various V cuts to help
hold larger and smaller diameters, cut as 1 1/2 x 3" pieces bored for the
bolt 1" in from an end, they allow me to grip various thicknesses within the
travel of the foot bar, without changing the angle of the hold.
Nice. I'm doing some spoons and such as a gift, and I was thinking
about better clamping options than I currently have. This looks like
Oh, and nice driveby on the LV shave. :-)
I had a little trouble getting the holes aligned in foot/clamp/pedal thing.
I think with a little more planning I can increase the mechanical advantage
a bit. RE: LV shave..I got the whole set....this concave one is VERY nice.
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