Spokeshave (2015 Handplane Swap)

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Project by Babieca posted 08-05-2015 03:27 PM 1096 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a little blood, a lot of sweat (working in an un-airconditioned garage in Texas in July), and a fair bit of cursing, I completed this spokeshave and sent it off to Dan (489tad).

The blade is a replacement blade for the Woodriver spokeshave. It came flat and reasonably sharp and cuts well, but if I had it to do over again, I would probably get a different blade. The tabs that hold the blade were not really long enough, so I had to place the set screws for adjusting the blade in the escapement. This means the shavings don’t clear as nicely I would hope.

The body is curly maple and the sole is LV. I bought some rosewood to use for the body, but I managed to turn most of that into firewood. I think the maple ended up looking pretty good, so it was probably for the best in the end. I managed to ruin a couple of maple blanks too, but I used them to smoke a pork butt, which was both cathartic and delicious.

Finish is Danish oil and wax.

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#1 posted 08-05-2015 03:54 PM

Great job on the spoke shave and I like the way you made the grain pop!

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#2 posted 08-05-2015 09:53 PM

Very nice choice of wood. It’s a very nice looking tool.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#3 posted 08-05-2015 09:55 PM

Blood was shed, pork was smoked, spokeshave was made, all in a day’s work. I like your style.

Love that piece of maple you chose for the shave.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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