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116829 scott grandstaff <scottg@s...> Apr-25-2003 shaving horse ..
 Here's yet another pattern of shaving horse. I tried most of the
 patterns, well, usual dumbhead and ladder. Found them both wanting in a
 few ways. I definitely thing the dumbhead has it all over the ladder.
 With the ladder you're stuck with what fits inside but the dumb doesn't
 care how wide the stock is. The second usual pain is that they're hard
 to adjust for differing thicknesses of stock. Some don't have any
 adjustment at all. Most have a loose fulcrum, you pull the pin and a
 series of holes to move the bar. I'm lazier than that. A hinged table
 and a pair of wedges, attached to each other, does it instantly with no
 effort whatsoever. Just don't smooth the surfaces too much and they
 hold just perfect. http://www.snowcrest.net/kitty/scott/horse.html

yours, Scott

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   Scott Grandstaff Box 409 Happy Camp, Ca 96039 scottg@s...
   http://www.snowcrest.net/kitty/hpages/index.html
116832 "CheekyGeek" <cheekygeek@w...> Apr-25-2003 re: shaving horse ..
Thanks for sharing that Scott!

Any thoughts on this hybrid design (called a "shaving mule")?
http://www.countryworkshops.org/mule.html

The "instantly adjustable, variable height work support" sounds like a
nice feature.

Darren Addy
Kearney, Nebraska

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116833 scott grandstaff <scottg@s...> Apr-25-2003 Re: shaving horse ..
>
>
>Any thoughts on this hybrid design (called a "shaving mule")?
>http://www.countryworkshops.org/mule.html
>
 Well, you got to love the gizmosity of that rack n pinion adjust. Way
 cool even if it's not exactly instantly constructable. I wonder if you
 could turn that around and make your dumbhead move like that? Just a
 thought. Once again, I'm not thrilled with the ladder design. Notice
 the skinny stick being clamped for the photo? Try to clean up a chair
 seat with it! Plus, ladder types tend to be "racky" unless you get the
 work centered just right under the bar. Centered is fine for some
 stuff, but I find I'm always dangling something over the edge to work
 on the sides and actually, the closer you can work to the head the
 better and the shorter your head, well, it gets you in there. Many
 shave horses are really built as single purpose tools. Shingle horses
 or chair makers horses, etc and the designs have been worked out for
 just that. Personally, I don't have that kind of attention span 8^) so
 mine is made for most whatever I want to throw at it. My simple
 drawing aside, actually my dumbhead is wider than the picture shows
 across the very front. More of a hammerhead, dumbhead so it bites
 almost out to the edges of the table, which is a bit narrower than
 shown. yours, Scott

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   Scott Grandstaff Box 409 Happy Camp, Ca 96039 scottg@s...
   http://www.snowcrest.net/kitty/hpages/index.html
116834 "Lapp, Herb" <hlapp@t...> Apr-25-2003 re: shaving horse ..
Hi Guys, I have built that mule from the plans using ash which was pretty
inexpensive.  I love it.  It was a great experience building it and better
using as i make tons of spindles, bows and arms for my Windsor chairs.
Tom's plans that I thought were his  

Herb Lapp
La Crosse, WI on the banks of the mighty Mississippi

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Subject: [oldtools] re: shaving horse ..

Thanks for sharing that Scott!

Any thoughts on this hybrid design (called a "shaving mule")?
http://www.countryworkshops.org/mule.html

The "instantly adjustable, variable height work support" sounds like a
nice feature.

Darren Addy
Kearney, Nebraska

116914 scott grandstaff <scottg@s...> Apr-28-2003 Re: shaving horse ..

Hi Bill
  Welllllll, Michaelangelo has no worries from me!! Just because my 
drawing looks stubby, the body of the horse is actually long enough so 
my heinie never even comes close to the back legs, much less tangling up 
my legs. 8^)    At 5 feet long I never even considered it could be a 
problem.
  But 2 legs up front and one under the seat sure would make it possible 
to cut the length down a lot. Mine isn't exactly lightweight and 
portable.  Nice idea!! I like it a lot!
   yours, Scott

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   Scott Grandstaff
   Box 409 Happy Camp, Ca  96039
   scottg@s...
   http://www.snowcrest.net/kitty/hpages/index.html