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Other Tools #1: Refreshed Old Spoke-shave

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Blog entry by Starfire16 posted 03-13-2015 11:52 PM 1363 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Picked up this old Spoke shave for a couple dollars, just because I like spoke shaves. Did not think it would be worth anything or really all that good of a spokes shave. But for a couple bucks it was worth it to me for the “practice” of cleaning it up.

Condition it was in when I got it.

The soul toke about 4 hours of work just to get it back to flat.

The only markings I was able to find anywhere on it was “JK” lightly stamped on the top and bottom of each handle. I’m guessing these are the initials of a previous owner. I wish I knew who and when this was made. If you know please comment.
Anyway after about 11 hours of cleaning, polishing sharpening the soul, cap iron and blade. and a hour clean up the handles and a couple coats of shellac. I ended up with a spoke shave that I enjoy using now and having in my tool chest.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them ONCE! then through them out and went back to their trusted Hand Tools!



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Tim

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#1 posted 03-14-2015 12:51 AM

That’s looking really good.

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Starfire16

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#2 posted 03-14-2015 01:02 AM

Thank you Tim

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them ONCE! then through them out and went back to their trusted Hand Tools!

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#3 posted 03-14-2015 03:10 AM

Great job on the spokeshave’s restoration, starfire. Looks like it just came off the shelf.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#4 posted 03-14-2015 06:32 AM

That’s a beautiful restore. Inspiring that a couple days of work can bring back a tool for use for a few more generations. Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 03-14-2015 12:20 PM

Great restore! Should serve you well for many years.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 03-14-2015 12:33 PM

You’ve turned it into a beautiful tool and it’s a nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#7 posted 03-14-2015 01:19 PM

Starfire16-
I also like spoke shaves. And I really like yours. I’d like to find one someday with wooden handles on the metal body. Like the others have said…great restoration…beautiful tool…great job!
chuck

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#8 posted 03-14-2015 09:35 PM

Beautiful.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 03-18-2015 07:06 PM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments,

upchuck – I am always on the lookout for old spoke shaves if I find another one I let you know. With warmer weather the Barn Sales and Fle Markets will be starting again.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them ONCE! then through them out and went back to their trusted Hand Tools!

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