Through a strange sequence of events and serious risk to my health and wellbeing, I was able to work at my shaving horse for several hours yesterday. Sounds great and it was, but the back-of-my-front is pretty dang sore today. I have a good bit of work yet to do at the horse so a remedy for comfort was now top priority.
Let me back up a bit. A while back I built my shaving horse using Jeanie Alexander’s plans that can be found on the Greenwoodworking site. I remember that the plans mentioned something about a sliding seat…I won’t need that. I was waaaay wrong. Way wrong!
Straddling a board, for hours on end, takes a toll on the backside. So I did a little research on my lunch hour today. I wanted to see what the folks who make a living using a shaving horse do for a seat. The general consensus is that you need one, it should be tilted forward slightly and cushy is a good thing.
As soon as I got home this evening I went straight to the shop to see what I could come up with. My plan was to make a seat with two guide rails that would slide along the main beam of the horse. I came up with a piece of plywood and a few bits of pine. I sketched a simple seat shape on the plywood and went to work.
To achieve a slight forward tilt, I planed a piece of pine into a wedge shape.
I sawed the rough shape of the seat and refined the shape with a plane and sandpaper.
Assembly was simple. The wedge was glued and nailed in place. The two 2x guide rails were glued and screwed.
To get the cushy, I used the last bits of my upholstery foam and a piece of black vinyl.
I have to say, it is very comfortable and I cant wait to put it to use. To keep the seat from sliding when in use, I simply cut a small square of shelf liner to put between the seat and rail. It locks the seat down solid.
Anyway, just a quick little project and public service announcement. Saddle your horse, trust me!
Oh yeah, the risk to my health and wellbeing. Yesterday the shop was cold and I was home alone, management was at work. So I took it upon myself to move the whole shaving horse operation into the house on the nice warm sun porch.
I did put down a couple pieces of ply to protect the carpet. Anyway, management took it pretty well and working on the sun porch is now sanctioned. Who woulda’ thunk it?