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Comment by Mark Ayers on June 11, 2011 at 5:49pm
I have a spoke shave and have not used it yet I have used a mini plane. I am going to give the spoke shave a try with this. My little 1" table top belt sander is not good for shaping. Ask me how I know Lol. Someone suggested a drum sander for a drill press and I gave the kit just not tried it yet I also lived up some sandpaper, clothe back in a roll that I'm going to use on roughing it in on the cross grain then use the sheet sandpaper going with the grain
Comment by Randy S. Bretz on June 11, 2011 at 5:29pm
You know when I first started making instruments I used a spoke shave but now I profile all my necks on my benchtop beltsander.
Comment by Mark Ayers on June 11, 2011 at 5:03pm
Ya I don't have a blacksmiths vice or any vices a bad trait or two but no vices What you described Randy is a shaving horse and takes up floor space this is a shaving pony. I just clamp this to the end of my work bench and can hang it on the wall when not in use. Besides it was fun to make.
Comment by Randy S. Bretz on June 11, 2011 at 4:51pm
hell I just stick the end of the board in my blacksmiths vise. I have seen those shaving pony`s used for doing table legs  and such. The ones I seen were made from half a log, and you sat on the end with the clamp mortised down the center and the foot brake on the bottom.
Comment by Mark Ayers on June 11, 2011 at 4:06pm
I also practiced on my Jointer/planer with all the pieces except for the foot rests. It was good to have a practice project to check it out. I have used it once before and I can see it will take some trial and error to figure it out
Comment by Mark Ayers on June 11, 2011 at 4:03pm
Dang phone typing. Read what I meant to say nit what I typed. Lol
Comment by Mark Ayers on June 11, 2011 at 4:00pm
I was watching a video on neck shaping and this guy had what he calked a shaving pony and it looked like just what I needed to hold the neck stock while shappung it. He said the plans are fee so I googled and found a lot if pictures and a small description of this tool. One guy said ge made his in about 15 minutes. I did too plus about 2.5 hours. I measured my bench and found I needed 36" on the long sides, I went with 18" for the lower jaw and 9 inches for the upper jaw. The key to get it to pivot is to have the off setting holes for your pins. Mine are 1/4" x6" bolts which are and inch too long. This all cane from one 2x4 with spare left over. The foot rest- preside point blocks are 12" and have a single bolt through them so they pivot freely and rest on the floor. I sanded every thing with 100 grit then one all rubbing surfaces and on the inside of the jaws I went to 300 grit fit smooth operation and contact points. And while I added extra depth holes for the jaws I font think I'll use them. Tine will tell. It was a fun project and will be a well used tool in my shop.

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