Spokeshave restore, refurbish
This is what I do…
Ok, here is the old chap ready for some LJ love.
Take it apart. (I discovered a defect, but since it’s a manual tool, this is no problem).
Remove the rust from the cap iron.
Sand it flat, so you will have a good contact to the blade.
Here you see it after, the flat area will secure a good contact now.
I choose also to work a little on the top of the cap, to round it, and make a nice sharp edge so the shaves will run off easy.
Take a little file, and flatten the bed of the spokeshave so you will have a good contact with the blade from this side also.
Clean up the bolt, this will serve your eye…
Here you can see how the bed has become ‘tired’ with the years, and need now a loving hand.
Sand or grind of the deep scratches, I use a diamond stone for this.
On the side of my wet grinder I give it a next grind.
And then it’s time to flatten the sole.
I have mounted sandpaper on some 8mm glass plates to ensure flatness.
Use higher and higher grids (100-220-340-400-600-1200) in this way you don’t leave marks from previous grids, and get a wonderful mirror finish. (if you are lazy stop at 340).
Clean up the blade for rust.
Flatten the blade with same technique as the sole.
The back and the front.
Sharpen the blade.
Polish, to make that razor edge.
Now wax or oil it all, so you will stop the rust.
And ready to go!
Hope it can bring some old tools back to glory,
Best of thoughts,
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.