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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Once I started using the block while honing I was able to hone edge to edge very shavinv. This full-contact workbench is essentially a foot-operated bbrian, designed to carefully grip a workpiece in a variety of orientations so it can be shaped with hand tools.

This horse design solved a lot horsf for the way he works, which is primarily shaping Windsor chair parts. Is it a learnable skill? The variation uses a wooden block to apply pressure while honing the edge. For a drawknife that will be used exclusively bevel down, a flat bevel and a completely flat back will work. Here is the Witherby in use: There are a couple of shavung options that I know of for shaving horse designs and plans.

I have a couple of friends who have built this horse and like it. Here are several video references that talk about and demonstrate how to sharpen a drawknife. 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. Sign up Log in.

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The main hrse of this horse can be made shavingg a single 2 x 10 x The photo on the right shows an early version of the smarthead mechanism and treadle grafted onto a Boggs-style frame. Sign in or become a member to access this story. The Lie-Nielsen drawknife comes with a very flat back and I have seen students struggle with using this knife bevel up until they round over the back with a light honing or stropping.

Both shaves use the same straight blade and are sharpened in exactly the same way. To hone I use the simple set-up shown below. Probably the most common mistake my students make when sharpening a scraper is to turn too heavy a burr. Of all the tools that students come to class with, the card scraper seems to be the most misunderstood. Once I have honed the micro-bevel and removed the burr I move to a hard maple block also charged with 3 micron diamond paste and lubricated with oil, and again polish the bevel and the back.


I will talk briefly about general principles and my own preferences. This draw knife, with the handles set as they are, is definitely better to use in the bevel down position.

Shaving horse – Brian Boggs – Lie-Nielsen

Drawknives can be a challenge to sharpen with their long, shving blades. In both cases this is a pretty comfortable positions for my hands and wrists. In fact, any organically shaped workpiece is a challenge for the standard bench, which is why shaving horses are so popular among chair makers.

Because the maple block is softer than the steel the larger particles of the diamond paste tend to get pushed into the hhorse, leaving the very finest particles on the surface, resulting in a finer polish. If you are pretty good at the grinder this option works very well and is faster. The very last step is to take the edge of the blade and draw it through the front corner of the end grain of the maple block.

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Start Your Free Trial. Using only a few simple hand tools I can take square or bent blanks and transform them into beautifully shaped legs that will only require a minimum of sanding prior to applying a finish. You could also use an Arkansas stone charged with the diamond paste.

Drawknives tend to work better either in a bevel up position or in a bevel down position. Browse our collection of hundreds of quality plans including Shaker furniture, Arts and Crafts pieces, beds, diy plans, chairs, workbenches, tool storage, and more. You can tell the honed edges by their lighter color.

If you ever expect to use the knife with the bevel up, hores completely flat back will tend to dig into the wood rather than let you make a smooth entry into and out of a cut.


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This tool does an excellent job briaan removing the fine facets left by the spokeshave and is also great at removing tear-out. In this episode, Chris finesses the molding perfectly into place using a miter box and a degree shooting board.

The Passage of Time. Pete Galbert has developed an alternative to the traditional methods of sharpening a drawknife using a tool of his own design, called the Drawsharp. I always had problems with this, and honing took a very long time. 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.

A vice is a perfectly acceptable method of holding chair parts while shaping with drawknife and spokeshave. Member-Only Sign in or become a member to access this story Sign In. I use a small piece of plastic as a blade guard. The Drawsharp is so effective it is now possible for anyone to take most antique knives in decent condition and sharpen them into a good working drawknife.

Using the distance that the blade projects beyond the horizontal bar I next made the small set-up block, shown below on the left, that allows me to consistently set the blade to the same distance from the bars, and consequently the same bevel angle.

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Brian prefers for the back to fall off slightly over a wide area — say a. The Passage of Time. By Ben Strano Dec 23, Drawknives, Spokeshaves and Travishers: In most old knives you can bend the handles to change or improve this relationship.

Highlights Shape Your Skills when you sign up for our emails. However, in the bevel down position, on bran right, my wrists are in a much more comfortable position.