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How to Create a Shave Horse

A shave horse is a vertical lever and fulcrum used to apply clamping pressure. Learn how to make one with these easy steps.

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shave horse is vertical lever and fulcrum
  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Assemble the Lever

Use the table saw to cut a 7" by 2 1/2" slot in the work surface to hold the lever (Image 1). On the back of the work surface, use screws to install the two braces on either side of the slot (Image 2). Place the lever in the slot, and drill a 5/8" hole through the braces and the lever. Insert the dowel through the hole to hold the lever in place between the braces.

Step 2: Create the Gussets

Use a band saw to cut the two 6" x 6" x 1/2" blocks into right triangles, creating four gussets.

cut two blocks into right triangles

Step 3: Glue the Gussets

Glue two gussets to the top of the lever, one on either side (Image 1). Screw them into place. Glue the hand plate to the protruding edges of the gussets (Image 2). Screw the hand plate into place. Glue the remaining two gussets to the bottom of the lever, one on either side. Screw them into place. Glue the foot plate onto the protruding edges of the bottom gussets. Screw the foot plate into place.

Step 4: Use the Shave Horse

Place the work piece under the hand plate. Step on the foot plate to hold the work piece.