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Project by garysharp posted 11-22-2008 11:43 PM 10482 views 28 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These two spokeshaves are a design that I came up with. It is much more ergonomic as compared to the traditional design of wooden spokeshaves. Traditional spokeshaves only have a place for your fingers if you PUSH them as shown by the CONOVER spokeshave in the picture. This one has a place for your fingers on the pull stroke. I have made two types, one with and one without finger recesses. The members of my local club had mixed reactions to the three designs. No one liked the traditional style and 80% liked the finger recesses and 20% liked the smooth handle. I will make all of mine in the future with the finger recesses. I did teach three spokeshave classes for the club and I have been asked to teach this class at the Sacramento Woodcraft store next year. By the way, the smooth one has a flat bottom with thin brass. The other one with the finger recesses has thicker brass and has a curved bottom. The blades came from and are the large high carbon steel type. On my next spokeshave I my pay more and get Ron’s A-2 tool steel blade. By the way Ron Hock is a very nice guy and easy to work with.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#1 posted 11-23-2008 12:02 AM

beautiful !

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#2 posted 11-23-2008 12:36 AM

I want one…

I’ve always wanted one, but never had the money to buy one. Do you sell them and how much do you sell them for?

Money is tight for me right now, that’s why I’m asking. Being Handicapped, money is hard to get now adays with the government tighter then a Bulls @$$ in Fly season.


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#3 posted 11-23-2008 12:39 AM

Those are drop-dead gorgeous. Like Jimmie asks: do you sell them? I’ll offer to pay half for Jimmie’s, too.

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#4 posted 11-23-2008 01:28 AM

I’d like to know how much you sell these for as well. You could have something goin’ here.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 11-23-2008 01:43 AM

Beautiful Shaves Gary! These are a staple for making chairs and one other thing that I enjoy is that they are pretty safe for kids to take a crack at using them. There is nothing like seeing the enjoyment they get just making shavings fly. That’s great that that you will be teaching a class.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#6 posted 11-23-2008 01:46 AM

GORGEOUS !! Is that Rosewood by any chance ?

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#7 posted 11-23-2008 01:50 AM

Super sharp, really, I bet they are super sharp! I want one, but I never get what I want. Beautiful tool, you’d look for projects to build just so you could use them. NICE!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 11-24-2008 07:33 PM

Beautiful. I love hand-made hand tools.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 11-25-2008 11:36 AM

Enjoy the work with this beautiful tools.

-- Jiri

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#10 posted 01-24-2009 01:37 AM

It’s such a great idea to put the finger notches on there! I keep meaning to make myself some spokeshaves. Now I want to try my hand at it even more!!!

-- Keith

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#11 posted 02-04-2010 02:13 AM

very nice. ive always wanted to give spokeshaves a try but just never got around to it. might have to order a kit soon.

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#12 posted 02-04-2010 04:12 AM

They are gorgeous a great job.
Hey Dennis you’ll have some bubinga scraps to make one of .

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#13 posted 03-03-2010 07:41 AM

I could have used one today. Wonderful build.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#14 posted 04-18-2010 08:25 PM

great work, very nice tools

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#15 posted 04-19-2010 10:21 PM

Thanks Ike.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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