with Peter Follansbee
“A shaving horse goes together with a drawknife like peanut butter and jelly”, says chairmaker Curtis Buchanan. In this video, Peter Follansbee shows you how to build an effective shaving horse based on his work with Jennie Alexander and traditional English patterns. Peter’s design features an adjustable work surface and two uprights connected by a foot treadle and a crossbar. Pushing forward with your feet makes the crossbar grip your stock tightly to the work surface, leaving your hands free to use the drawknife, spokeshave, and other tools. Built with only a few hand tools and some roughly hewn wood, this shaving horse is both simple to make and a pleasure to use.
Peter Follansbee specializes in 17th century period joinery and green woodworking. He spent over 20 years making reproductions furniture at Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum in Plymouth, MA. Peter teaches in craft schools in the US, UK and Sweden and received the Wille Sundqvist and Bill Coperthwaite Slöjd Fellowship in 2016. He co-authored the book, Make a Joint Stool from a Tree: An Introduction to 17th Century Joinery, with Jennie Alexander, and published his latest book, Joiner’s Work, in 2019.
Disc 1 Chapters:
2. Shaping the Legs
3. The Leg Mortises
4. The Hinge Block Mortise
5. Shaping the Bench
6. The Head and Wedge
7. Fitting the Legs
Disc 2 Chapters:
8. Level and Trim the Feet
9. The Fittings
10. Boring the Hole for the Pivot
11. The Bridle Joint
12. Fitting the Work Surface and Uprights
13. Final Assembly
162 minutes (2 discs). Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Productions, 2019.
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