Turns out that my little girl can rock a spokeshave. She asked me to help her make a mallet for her to use in the shop. I thought that was a dandy idea, so we set to it. We glued up a few pieces of cherry for the head of the mallet. Then I showed her how to use a spokeshave on rectilinear stock, in order to take off the hard corners and make it more hand-friendly. For those of you wanting to get your kids to spend time in the shop with you, let them use a spokeshave. It’s the ki...
Yep. Seems the back legs need to be 48” long, from the rocker to the finial. “Plan” is to make these round. Problem being my lathe. In “Theory” it can go out to 37” between centers….in practice? Not so much. soooTo round over something this big and long, takes some special tools…..one of which I do not have.. Gave both of these a try-out, like the curved one better for slicing through the knots. The straight one? meh. I would g...
hello all.. Now, having got the parts of the basic structure ready I wanted to get this glued up solid before fitting the parts that form the drawer pocket so I needed to get the legs shaped. Apart from the use of the Cocobolo panels the legs were the only other part I was fairly certain of once I knew this would be a table. I had seen some legs I liked and which seemed like they would fit here. I had a photo of the piece that sported those legs and imported it into sketchup. I used th...
After I completed my recent project – mini plane – I realized that the iron of this little plane was too small to sharpen it comfortably. I sharpen my edges free-hand, and this iron is just too small to hold it while sharpening. So I came up with this simple solution: some kind of iron holder made from mild construction steel. Now it’s pretty easy to do the job: When it was done I remembered how Paul Sellers made his simple jig for sharpening spokeshaves ir...
Hi everyone, Hope all is well in woodworkingland. Today was a very slow one, not to mention interrupted at every turn, but I did still manage to get something done. I always laugh about how quickly a case or cabinet goes together and how easy they seem after making chairs and I ask myself “Why don’t I just make cabinets?” Well I am in the thick of making cabinets and hit a brick wall of sorts with the tills that will hold the tools in place. I figured out my cleat system we...
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 han...
With the blade ready, it was time to finally really use my new spokeshave. The result isn’t as elegant as I hoped for, but it seems to do the trick. The compass blade provides a very slight taper, but I think that’s what’s recommended for most chair work. We will see. << Sorry about the side ways pictures! >> Next, I’m hoping I can start to work on the matching spindle shaver to make a matching tight tenon.
I’m hoping to build a chair this year, and so I picked up this wooden spokeshave (my first) off eBay for less than $15 including shipping from England. The patina is great to the touch, but it needed some tune up work. The blade was by far the most work, and again I tended to wonder if saving the money on eBay is worth the hours of of hand grinding and the wear and tear on my stones. Regardless, the purchase had been made. The biggest concern I now have with this spokeshave is ho...
Found that the honing guide that I use for plane blades and chisels doesn’t work on stokeshave blades. The blade from my Stanley no. 151 is too short to get the required 25° angle. Luckily, I had a short piece of steel flat bar with a hole drilled earlier at the right place. I cut it to make a table saw splitter, but ended up using another piece. The blade gave nice shavings when I learned what the right blade depth was…
SpokeshaveMade from the Lee Valley small shave kit. Beech body. Knives The outer ones are small carving knives. Jatoba on the left and african mahogany on the right. The middle is an ebony marking knife. The blades on the carving knives are HCS jigsaw blades, while the blade on the marking knife came from Grizzly. Chisel Plane Quite possibly the ugliest, crudest plane in my collection. Well, no. Definitely the ugliest and crudest. But it does what it needs to do. Mahoga...
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