The Pin-Head Shave Horse
The Plate 11 Pin-Head Shave Horse is designed to be efficient, versatile and comfortable to use. After trying, and ultimately being frustrated by, other shave horses, I set out to create a new design that combined all the features I was looking for in one tool. Foremost, it had to have a strong grip without causing damage to my parts. I wanted an open-sided head that would allow for quick repositioning of the part. And I wanted to be able to adjust the height of the head with one hand. It needed to be easily stored and the base should do double duty as a saw bench or a low workbench.
ONE HANDED ADJUSTMENTS
The Height Adjuster, adapted from a design by Peter Galbert, allows for fast, one-handed movements to set the height of the head while the smaller pivot pin and teeth provide a finer level of adjustment.
ROUGH WORK TO FINE FINISH
Two pivot positions allow you to move the head forward for tighter, more delicate work like spoon carving or back for every day tasks like roughing out and shaping parts.
PROTECT YOUR WORK
The pivoting Clamping Pin, initially created by Bern Chandey, has been refined in this design and is set to allow a roughly 30° range of motion. This provides a flat clamping surface which automatically adjusts to the shape of your parts and protects them from damage caused by the force of clamping.
CHANGE THINGS UP
The Modular Design of the Base and Stage, pioneered by Tim Manney, allows the horse to be reconfigured for any number of tasks. Marilyn Guthrie, a Fine Woodworking Blogger and one of my early customers, detailed the creation of a Bowl Shave Attachment that she can add to the base of her horse when she's ready to switch from making chairs to shaping bowls. More recently she used her Shavehorse Base and a saw sharpening vise to make a stitching pony to sew the arms for her Roorkie Chair. View her Instagram post here.
ENJOY THE RIDE
The Seat is roughed out on my CNC router and finished by hand. It's shaped and positioned to keep you comfortably in the saddle for hours on end.
And for those of you building at home, I offer that same CNC-carved seat blanks I use for my own Horses
You can get your own Plate 11 Pin-Head Shave Horse in one of two ways...
Once or twice a year, I build a batch of Shave Horses in Cherry or Walnut. They come unfinished and carefully packed in two boxes. They can be assembled and ready to use in a matter of minutes. Most horses are made to order, but I occasionally have some that are ready, or nearly ready, to ship. Check the store page for inventory.
I offer a kit that includes drawings with instructions and all the hardware needed to build your own Pin-Head.
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FREE Instructional Videos
Each set of plans comes with a full set of detailed instructions. But if you need a little extra help, I've got a FREE video series dedicated to showing you how to build the horse almost completely by hand.