No, this isn’t a woodworking rowing machine. This traditional device helps you get the most from hand tools. Our take on the traditional shavehorse features dog holes, a V-notch for sawing, and a wood screw clamp adjustment.
There’s a branch of the woodworking family tree that begins, well, with a tree. Log sections are split and shaped into rough blanks while the wood still contains a good amount of moisture. Working “green wood” with hand tools is easier than hard, dried wood. Green woodworkers shape the parts into chairs, stools, spoons, bowls, and more. Working with parts that aren’t flat, straight, and square requires a different mindset and employs some tools you may not be familiar with. One of those is a shavehorse. It’s equal parts workbench, vise, and shop chair all rolled into one. And it’s used to hold oddshaped workpieces while you work them. To secure a workpiece, press against the foot pedal. The upper jaw clamps down on the piece locking it in place. Repositioning the part only requires you to release the pressure from your feet. This arrangement works well with the two tools most often associated with shavehorses: a drawknife and a spokeshave. The pulling stroke of the tool works in concert with the pushing effort from your feet. The harder you press, the stronger the vise action. It’s very efficient and fun to use. The main difference between this and other shavehorse designs is the addition of the adjustable vise screw on top. This accommodates different sizes of workpieces with a few turns of the handle. The seat also serves as a sawhorse and worksurface.
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The United States Customary System of Units (USCS or USC), more commonly referred to as the English or Imperial system, is the standard set of units for our plans. It uses inches and feet for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are in the United States, and it is the one we have traditionally offered on this website.
The International System of Units (SI), more commonly referred to as the metric system, is the alternative set of units that we have available for some of our plans. It uses millimeters, centimeters, and meters for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are outside the United States. These plans are provided by our business partner, Australian Woodsmith, and are based on the original Woodsmith plan. However, dimensions and other elements of the plan may vary between the metric and standard versions. Be sure to double-check the plan before building.
All of the information that you need to build our plans can be found in the standard plan. However, if you want even more granular detail to make your job easier, you should consider our premium plans. These come with additional shop diagrams that we drew when creating the prototypes. Shop drawings are not available for every plan.