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What does the Limiting Pin do?

One of the unique features of the Plate 11 Pin-Head Shave Horse is the "Pin-Head" that inspired it's name. The idea for this rolling pin-like (it's not totally round) addition to the clamping surface came from Bern Chandley, who was gracious enough to allow me to include it the design.

The pin creates a wide clamping surface that pivots to match the profile of your parts regardless of their shape.

But, in testing, we found that the clamping pin would roll freely as we slid parts in and out. Finding the flat clamping surface became a game of chance.

The limiting pin allows the clamping pin to pivot without rolling.


In this week's 3 minute video I'll show you how I split an oversized piece of stock to find the straightest grain. I'll run the blank trough a dowel plate to make the limiting pin and glue it, along with some grippy suede, to the clamping pin.


I have some open spots in my 2024 classes !

Berea Ladderback - Arm Chair or Side Chair

Where: Ozark, MO (my shop)


  • January 21st - 27th, 2024 - One Spot Left

  • February 18th-24th, 2024 - One Spot Left

  • October 27th-November 2nd, 2024

Students: Beginner to Advanced - Maximum 2 Students


  • Arm Chair - $1180 plus materials ($470 Cherry / $605 Walnut)

  • Side Chair - $1025 plus materials ($425 Cherry / $540 Walnut)


Post and Rung Mudroom Bench

Where: Ozark, MO


  • March 23rd-25th, 2024

  • November 15th-17th, 2024

Students: Beginner to Advanced - Maximum of 4

Cost: $350 plus materials ($150 Cherry / $200 Walnut)


Plate 11 Split-Top Roubo Workbench

Where: Ozark, MO


  • May 5th-11th, 2024

  • September 8th-14th, 2024

Students: Beginner to Advanced - Maximum of 2

Cost: Base Price - $4475 (Includes Maple and Hardware - Custom configurations are available)


Classes are more fun when they're filled with great students.

Please share them with other woodworkers!

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