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Shaving Horse

Date Started - 02/2005 or 03/2005
Date Completed - 06/2005

Description - No extant shaving horses have been found in Celtic digs. However, evidence of their use is inferred for a couple of reasons. First, many of the tool marks that have been found (such as the draw knife) are traditionally companion tools to the shaving horse. Second, other contemporary illustrations from Roman sources (and others even from as far away as Greece and Egypt) all show the prevelance of the shaving horse in wood working.

Total project time: 16-20 hours.

Notes - This page has been recreated with older digital photos that had to be modified to fit the newer page layout. Because of this, no large format links are available.

While not completely period Dale (left) and Richard (right) cut out bench sections with a 2 man 'whip saw'.

Ron cleans the split of cross fibers to allow the halves to fall open.

Primary tools used for this stage of construction: Broad Ax (top), Double Bit Ax (right), and Froe (bottom)

One bench platform completed and ready for legs.

Ron drawknives the leg tennon

Dale checks the fit of the base for both width and height.

Dale and Richard peg the clamp bar in position

Dan tries out the "Celt's" bench. Other than differences in the clamping frame structure, both benches function well.

Completed "Celt's" bench

Wedges driven start the split.

Two bench halves ready for smoothing with the adz.

Dale further refines his bench with a drawknife.

Ron starts splitting out sections for legs with a froe.

Completed bench base. Total length 5'.

Test fitting the clamp, wedge and ramp for sizing.

Richard marks the position of the foot actuator

Completed "Viking's" bench