Handplanes #3: #51 Spokeshave restoration

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Blog entry by Newfounlandwood posted 04-21-2010 09:05 PM 2643 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey guys,
I made quick work of a couple of restorations this week. This spokeshave was my Great Uncle’s. He was a fine boat builder here in Newfoundland. Of course he died before I was old enough to learn anything from him. I did really enjoy putting this spokeshave back in service though. My father gave it to me, he couldn’t get any good out of it. I forgot to get a picture of it before I painted it, I used Evapo-Rust on all parts besides the blade. I also flattened and sharpened the blade freehand on my water stones.
You can still see the amount of rust on the cap here:

First things first, I painted the body after the Evapo-Rust, then I began to flatten the bottom using sand paper and the worksharp. It took a couple of hours to get rid of all the corrosion:

I flattened the face where the blade seats with a small file. I put the cap and all the screws in evapo-rust while I was doing this.

Time to check on the rusted parts. As you can see the evapo-rust works quite well. This was after 1.5 hours soaking. I will probably soak it overnight.

Now for a test. I’m pretty happy with the shavings. I played around with the depth a bit getting some different thicknesses

I find this one a bit of trouble to adjust. I got the best results by starting with the blade just inside the mouth and tapping it down slightly using a scrap of wood. I had the blade cap tightened slightly when doing so. I can see the benefit of having a model with an adjustment screw.

Thanks for reading guys, any tips are welcome!


-- My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.

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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 04-21-2010 09:11 PM

Nice job, I love old planes.


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#2 posted 04-21-2010 09:11 PM

Thats great, i have 2 of my grandfathers spokeshave waiting for a refurb myself. I hope that i can get them even somewhere close to what you have done.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 04-21-2010 09:28 PM

niice restore job on this one
loks realy great from here
thank´s for sharing
and tools that are handled down thrugh the fammelys history
is even more pleassurble to work with it´s give this feeling
of being part of something ….. you know what I mean


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#4 posted 04-21-2010 09:45 PM

i guess this is one of those flat spokeshaves. I’ve got one of these, one that does a curve (like to round a square piece of stock into a spoke) and one that is curved another way. This would be used to shape the inside radius of a curved table apron or something like that. I’ll take a similar approach as you when I restore the first one. I have no idea what I’ll do about the other two. tuning curved metal parts doesn’t sound easy at all.

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#5 posted 04-22-2010 03:05 AM

great job, and nice shavings.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#6 posted 04-22-2010 11:53 PM

Thanks for all the comments people!


-- My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.

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