Making a Boggs Inspired Shave Horse
by Patrick Harper - Blood, Sweat, and Sawdust
Chair making deeply interests me. The sensuous curves of a Maloof rocker and practicality of a ladder back captivate me. Despite this, I have yet to build more than a few Adirondack chairs. So, I signed myself up for Jeff Miller’s chair building class in November. In the meantime, I decided to learn all I could about chair making. Along the way, I determined that I would need a shave horse.
You use a shave horse to hold chair parts for shaping with a draw knife or spoke shave. It consists of a seat and clamping apparatus. A good shave horse allows the user to easily adjust clamping pressure, while maintaining a comfortable seating position
So, I scoured the Internet for information. Eventually, I decided to build a horse similar to one Brian Boggs designed several years ago. In case you didn’t know, Brian Boggs is a talented chair maker from Asheville, North Carolina. His shave horse sits on three legs, uses a foot operated treadle, and clamps with an adjustable lower jaw. Additionally, the user builds the device to suit his or her own body.
I have already milled most of the lumber. I have shaped the sides and started on the legs. Once the base is complete, I will install the jaws, treadle, and seat. If all goes well, I should complete the horse within a week.
Stay tuned for progress.