Hands-Free Workholding in a Snap! Learn the steps to building a continental, or ”dumbhead,“ shaving horse – a shop mainstay since the 15th century. Able to hold wood firmly in place with a foot-operated vise, a shaving horse leaves both hands free to do the work and quickly relocate your workpiece.
In this video you’ll learn:
- How to build a shaving horse that’s adjustable to fit different material thicknesses
- To lay out and perform the construction steps using primarily traditional hand tools
- The techniques to create wedged tenons to hold the legs firmly in place and how to level them
- Basic applications for this valuable shop tool
- And much more!
Build your own shaving horse and add a quick-acting vise with powerful control to your shop.
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About the Host:
Kenneth Kortemeier was born and raised in Georgia and started woodworking in art school while making sculpture with wood. After receiving his degree, he interned at Country Workshops in Marshall, N.C., gathering information about green woodworking and hand tools, and learning primitive skills and handwork through his friendship with Cherokee elder Martha Owl. In 1997 he apprenticed with chairmaker John Brown, then moved to Maine to learn wooden boatbuilding. He has worked as a cabinetmaker doing custom commercial woodworking and builds chairs and furniture on commission. Kenneth is currently most interested in tool making, carving green wood bowls and spoons, and timber-frame construction.
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