With the confidence gained recently with the use of properly sharped chisels, I decided to make hand tools the center of my next tool splurge. True to my word, with the great customer service provided by Highland Woodworking, I placed another order and received the following -
The spokeshaves were an impulse purchase at Harbor Freight. Both for 12 bucks and I haven’t seen spokeshaves at any local stores. I picked up a Crown dovetail gent’s saw (good reviews on fine woodworking) but am feeling that the teeth orientation is more crosscut than rip which I feel is contrary to the purpose of a dovetail saw. I did see some online articles on refiling and will probably work on that soon. I also picked up some turning calipers and dividers, the bowl thickness gauge I found helpful over Mike’s and thought it worth picking up. I did not have a marking gauge so I picked up the Veritas which looks to be a very handy device. The brass mallet is a two pounder which I found to be ideal for chisels. Just a quick flick of the wrist for shallow cuts but has the power to drive a mortising chisel in deep when it is needed.
The spokeshaves were an interesting find. I would not put them in an official review because I think that if you are spending 12 bucks, you are not really looking for quality at this point, especially in a type of plane. These are cheap knockoffs by Windsor Designs of the Stanley 151 spokeshave that is also put out by Kuntz. The good size of this is that blades replacement blades would be easy to find. They are die cast and the blades would not make a clean cut in butter let alone wood. In all honesty, one probably wouldn’t get much better through Stanley or Kuntz without a little work. I spent a good deal of time flattiening the back of the blade and sharpening the bevel. I need to take them through a few more grits, but I inserted the blades and adjusted and could get some pretty decent shavings from them on a test board. Only concerns is the non-adjustable throat that has a pretty good sized gap, making it a potential problem for irregular grained pieces. Here are the pics when adjusted. I keep the exposed blade thin to keep the shavings smooth and the tearout to a minimum.
Pic outlining the gap -
Next blog I will begin tonight involves a collection of pine I picked up that will be worked into a chair. I have been wanting to make one and now that I have the hand tools, I am going to give unplugged a try.
Happy woodworking all,
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.