This is my first time hearing the expression 'shaving horse'. I wandered into this thread out of curiosity and the fact the system told me you started it and jigz had responded to it all ready.
What you are describing sounds like a fun contraption to both build and use. Sort of a cross between a bench, stool, 'work-mate' and tool box!
I'm still at the point where I'm working on shooting boards and bench dog type setups to secure the piece of wood being messed with at the moment.
The 'work-mate' contraption I use the most was yanked off of the flimsy stand it came on and bolted onto a crude 2x4 frame. That frame was then bolted down to a steel 'universal stand' of sorts.
Somewhere along the way, I put a pocket hole jig & clamp on the back beam. The two pavers sitting on the lower deck just add some ballast to hold it down better when I am using it to nail a box together or doing big-bite planing.
So my first idea in reaction is to design the business end of this horse to accommodate a variety of 'workpiece' securing contraptions. Perhaps a little off track, but not entirely so, picture an old stile foot power sewing machine converted into a scroll saw...
I am about to begin designing and building a "Shaving Horse" - more for the fun and challenge of it than actual necessity. I've seen several on videos and in books and it seems that they are all (at least thus far) similar. Basically they have appeared to be picnic table benches which are "ridden" like a horse, a foot pedal applies pressure to pinch the workpiece down atop of a wedge-shaped support. With most, the pinch mechanism is solely dependant on one's leg muscles and I've never seen one with spring assist or tool storage. I am thinking of building a modern version with some very basic bells and whistles that will be collapsible for ease of transportation.
Several of my friends and I make walking sticks from vine-damaged small trees and limbs, so quite naturally it seems like something that would be fun to use on a camping trip.
Any ideas, photos, sketches will be greatly appreciated!
Thanks so much,