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Build a Shavehorse


March 14th to 18th, 2022 | 9:00am to 5:00pm

Are you ready to start making your own Windsor chairs? You’ll need a shavehorse and it is a perfect place to start learning all about chair making tools. See more below.

  • Materials are included

See Details and Tool List Below


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Furniture Type

Chair, Shop Furniture

Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Time Frame

Weekdays – Daytime

Name: Build a Shavehorse
Instructor: Mark Hicks
Skill Level: Beginner
Prerequisites: None

Format: 5 Day in-person course


March 14th to 18th, 2022


Class Description:

Do you want to start making your own Windsor chairs? Well, you’ll need a shavehorse. This 5 day class will boost your hand tool skills while you build and customize a shavehorse for your own shop. Students will use a few basic power tools for the heavier work but will mostly focus on hand tool work, shaping by hand and hand cut joinery. 

Every shop is a little different so you’ll be able to customize the shavehorse to meet your needs. If you’re new to hand tools, that’s great too. There will be time for demonstrations on tool setup and sharpening throughout the course.


The Austin School of Furniture will also be making several shavehorses to keep for future chair making classes. If you are interested in making an extra shavehorse please let us know. 


Topics and skills covered will include:

  • Basic hand tool usage and sharpening techniques
  • Handcut joinery
  • Laying out and cutting angled mortises
  • Managing complicated glue ups
  • Using liquid hide glue to adhere leather to wood
  • Fundamental seat carving techniques
  • Customizing the shave horse to suit your needs
  • Efficient use of the shave horse


What you’ll need:

These tools are both required and recommended. If you can bring your own set that is great. If not, the instructor and school will provide you with tools to use but you may have to share. As well, you can purchase many of these tools directly from the Austin School of Furniture.


Required tools

Chisel and mallet

  • 1/2” Chisel – Other sizes are optional
  • Mallet

Hand Planes

  • Block Plane
  • Mid-Sized Hand Plane (To be used mostly as a smoother)
  • Plane Adjusting Hammer

Layout & Measuring

  • Sliding Bevel Gauge
  • Combination Square (6” and/or 12”)
  • Marking Knife
  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure
  • Inexpensive Solid Wood Carpenter’s Pencil

Hand Saws

  • Carcass/Tenon Saw – Crosscut or Hybrid Filed

Seat Shaping

  • Drawknife
  • Spokeshave
  • Scorp or Adze
  • Travisher
  • Card Scraper

Nice to have

  • Shoulder Plane (3/8 wide or wider)
  • Medium/Large Router Plane
  • 1/2” Float


See our Refund Policy here

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