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IMG_0212.JPGA Completed Horse - 2270 viewsForgot to identify the wood. The bench and the bridge are Red Elm and all the other parts are Beech.TRexF16
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IMG_0201.JPGA Completed Horse204 viewsThe horse is sitting here in the Arizona sun letting the coat of BLO/turps wiped on earlier cure prior to bringing it back into the house.TRexF16
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IMG_0155.JPGBoring 2186 viewsEverything was held for boring by clamping it to my sawbench with a holdfast, and a sacrificial pine board was clamped behind the work to prevent blowout on the bottom side.TRexF16
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IMG_0202.JPGJoinery - Head 178 viewsThe plan called for knock-down tusk tennons top and bottom on the arm, which was to allow the horse to be disassembled to move it, but I figured only one end needed that to achieve that effect, so I decided to just drawbore and double-wedge the head to the arm, and only tusk the treadle for knock-down purposes. This joint matches the ones on my sawbench and workbench, which I like, so I kept 'em going.TRexF16
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IMG_0157.JPGBoring 1174 viewsBoring all four holes at the correct angle is the only real challenging part of the project, and I used a Stanley #18 bevel clamped to the work, along with some guide lines to keep the angles consistent. Since the large auger I wanted to use lacked forward facing spurs, I started each hole with a #20 spur bit in a brace, then switched to the big 1 1/4" two-handed auger as soon as I had scored the entry cut enough to avoid tear-out.TRexF16
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IMG_0161.JPGBoring 4172 viewsKeep it all lined up while you turn the auger and "Bob's your uncle!"TRexF16
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IMG_0205.JPGDowels in the riser154 viewsThe riser between the bench and the bridge is attached without glue, but with #12 brass screws. I glued in 3/4 inch maple dowels with the grain oriented horizontally so the screws would anchor in strong cross-grain instead of being otherwise screwed into end grain.TRexF16
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IMG_0208.JPGJoinery - Treadle151 viewsSlightly non-standard tusk-tennon since the main mortise and tennon cheeks are at an 80 degree angle to the arm, so the tusk has to have its bearing face cut at that angle too.TRexF16
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IMG_0160.JPGBoring 3150 viewsHere's the set-up for boring the second hole.TRexF16
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IMG_0206.JPGJoinery - Legs148 viewsGlued and wedged with the same Goncalo Alves as the head (same wedge material on my workbench and sawbench too).TRexF16
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IMG_0213.JPGRiding the Horse148 viewsGitty-Up.TRexF16
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IMG_0203.JPGPin for the arm147 viewsThis was my one concession to modernity - a six inch button-release detent ball pin I scrounged from the metal recylcling dumpster at work. I like the fact that it locks in and won't release unless it's on purpose. One of these days, when my forge is up, I may bang out a more Galootinous-looking pin to replace it but I like it for now.TRexF16
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