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Made a Shaving Horse

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Talk' started by Metropolicity, Aug 3, 2014.

By Metropolicity on Aug 3, 2014 at 10:20 PM
  1. Metropolicity

    Metropolicity Veteran Member Vendor

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    After watching a few @Pawpawsailor videos, I really wanted to know what the bench he was sitting on was called. A few google searches later, I find it, a shaving horse. In ye olden times, these would be made from logs to shave poles, or basically anything.

    I used simple dimensional lumber, 2x6's for the frame, 2x4 for the swing arm. I milled down the Center plank on a table saw to get the right width (4.5"). I made it so it folded flat, IF I needed to transport it.

    Works very well and I even made the seat, using the horse! It's a board of local poplar from the 80's. It was a little cupped which made a very comfortable seat!

    I will be making many slings with this and I am pretty happy for 2 hours work. A lot of it was measure, mark, eyeball, fit and then cut. I have long arms, long torso and short legs, a weird combo for this type of tool but I nailed the dimensions for my uses.

    Anyways, I took a celebration photo of myself since I look like I am on a carnival ride when I am on it

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Eric Au is the designer and owner of Metro Grade Goods. A Canadian company dedicated to providing slingshot enthusiasts with uniquely made quality slingshots and accessories. Eric's background has a strong emphasis on industrial design and material process which is clearly reflected in his work.

You can purchase his designs on the Metro grade Goods website here:
http://metrogradegoods.com/

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Discussion in 'General Slingshot Talk' started by Metropolicity, Aug 3, 2014.

    1. Clever Moniker

      Clever Moniker Administrator Staff Member Admin

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      HOLY SMOKES!!!!! I have wondered forever what he was sitting on!!! This is epic man... seriously.
       
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    2. JohnKrakatoa

      JohnKrakatoa Well-Known Member

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      Shaving horses rule, but it looks like you have a short working space judging by the celebration photo.
       
    3. August West

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      Now you can start making self bows and atlatls!! NICE!
       
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    4. Metropolicity

      Metropolicity Veteran Member Vendor

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      Short? Nah, that's my parents garage. They are away for the weekend so I used the open space.

      I usually work on my deck.
       
    5. Metropolicity

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      Hit it with hot rod red and some Metro Grade decals. Time for the big time sponsorship stickers.....I wish.

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    6. Cap'n Joe

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      That is a work of art. Incredible.
      I wonder if PWP made his own too?


      That Japanese saw wouldn't be a Mitsukawa would it? He made a special saw for me nearly ten years ago specifically for cutting bamboo from the property. Still going strong...
       
    7. Metropolicity

      Metropolicity Veteran Member Vendor

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      And the final touch, a pin stripe to hide the paint/wood transition.

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    8. Metropolicity

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      He made his own as well. Not sure if any commercially made ones would fit as well.

      It's a double edge mini ryoba saw, one side is rip and the other a cross cut.

      It has such a thin kerf it's crazy.
       
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    9. JohnKrakatoa

      JohnKrakatoa Well-Known Member

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      Bah, I meant on the horse :D I would extend the seat a bit back. Love the pimped out red & decals! :D

      edit:...but the poor grass.
       
    10. Metropolicity

      Metropolicity Veteran Member Vendor

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      Nope, it's quite comfortable, BUT I have to move the pivot up on the swing arm to get better leverage on the holding bar.
       
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    11. DarrinGlennCook

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      Boom Digity Man....Very Nice...
       
    12. JohnKrakatoa

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      I bet it is comfortable, but won't it limit your wood(the stuff you wanna shave) length/size a bit?
       
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      Not really, I am not using it for shaving wood really, I am using it to shape slingshots and sand them. So I don't need the length, I need the right height.
       
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    14. JohnKrakatoa

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      Ook.
      It won't be a problem for you to extend it if you'll need it anyway xD
      But its a great tool, mainly for shaft making(for tools like axes or hoes etc...).
       
    15. Metropolicity

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      Yah. As soon as I saw the age old design I knew it was the right thing to do.

      I just finished updating it with better leverage. Works great, want able to pull out a piece of work when in the jaws.

      Had just enough red paint left to hide my crimes of the other holes I drilled.

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    16. Cap'n Joe

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      Mine is single edged, ultra thin, and cane wrapped the length of the handle or tsuka. It feels like a small ultralight sword to me. And boy howdy does it go through bamboo..
       
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      lol said the same thing on the other fourm.
       
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    18. AZ Stinger

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      Very cool bro, what kinda mileage ya getting with it
       
    19. Metropolicity

      Metropolicity Veteran Member Vendor

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      I get about one slingshot per fork...sometimes 2 if I am lucky :)
       
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