Last weekend Tim Manney came down to Plymouth from Maine to teach 6 Plymouth CRAFT students how to make his shaving horse. Tim;’s version is well-known now; he had an article in Fine Woodworking about it, (issue #262, Jul/Aug 2017) and in the same issue Curtis Buchanan was quoted as saying that he thinks he’s spent over 20,000 hours at a shaving horse, and that Tim’s is the best he’s used.
Tim’s main focus is that the horse can be built with everyday materials; but carefully-selected everyday materials. It’s almost all 2 x 6 or so material, some thinner stuff and a little bit of hard maple. This course was a bit of a departure for Plymouth CRAFT in that some of the work was prepped ahead of time by Tim, and there were even some machines invovled. Mostly a drill-press. Here’s some of the shots I got during the class.
Stacks of parts prepped by Tim.
Jake trimming some of the first glue-ups, the leg-to-rails.
Tim sneaking underneath, showing how to adjust the leg assembly prior to clamping the glue-up.
Tim marching down the line, checking on progress.
Winding sticks helping to line up the front & rear legs.
This was our first time running this class. We kept class size small. That gets a lot of attention, and lots of detail. Here David and Andy work together to line up the clamps on Andy’s horse. Craig must be on deck.
Half of the dumbhead assembly set up in place – to check its placement and glue-up.
This is the next step – the full dumbhead base now. It gets wedged below the “bed” of the horse.
Tim demonstrating layout for the wedge mortise.
Craig cleaning up the mortise with a chisel.
David has a small smirk on his face, as his horse is coming together.
Diane was amazing – absolute new woodworker, dove in the deep end. Now she’ll be off to a great start.
Not quite done, but nearly so. This one still needs the work surface under the head.
We got done in time to bring in some green wood & distribute some drawknives so everyone could test-drive their creation under Tim’s direction. Paula Marcoux & I shot photos of the group as they worked their horses for the first time.
Tim has measured plans available for his shaving horse, and we’ll get him back sometime to do this class again. First he has to recover. Here’s his shaving horse plans web-page https://www.timmanney.com/work/shavinghorseplans
Plymouth CRAFT’s website – so you can sign up for the newsletter for future workshops – https://www.plymouthcraft.org/