Veritas spokeshave kit

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Project by Tony Strupulis posted 12-27-2010 09:01 PM 4475 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made an ebony spokeshave using the Veritas spokeshave hardware kit. The ebony wasn’t too difficult to work with. It planed and carved nicely. I was able to see pencil lines if the light was coming from the right direction. I did have some tearout when I was cutting the mouth. Luckily, I left the mouth high so I could file it down to size. That took care of most of the tearout. I did have a tiny pit to fill with superglue and sawdust.

The finish is French polish. This was the first time I had ever tried French polishing and I love it! It comes out like glass.

I’m happy with how the spokeshave turned out. It almost turned out too well. It sorta looks like shiny black plastic. It also looks a lot like the Chinese made Wood River spokeshave in the Woodcraft catalog.

-- Tony -

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 09:27 PM

Nice work Tony. It looks like it would be very comfortable in the hand.

A little tip for marking clear lines on dark wood in case you don’t already know about it is to make a light scoring cut with a sharp marking knife and then rub white chalk into the cut to make it visible.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Orion Woods

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#2 posted 12-27-2010 10:14 PM

I think it’s lovely! but I do see what you mean by it looking plastic, but at the same time I can tell it was handdone. great job turned out really nice!

-- Brian

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#3 posted 12-27-2010 11:05 PM

You may think it looks like plastic, but I think it is great. And I would trade you for a mass produced plastic one anytime :)

Enjoy using it—looks wonderful!

-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA

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#4 posted 12-27-2010 11:21 PM

enjoy your new toy :-)

take care

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Jon McGrath

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#5 posted 12-28-2010 12:43 AM

I agree with the other comments- not plastic – looks real nice.

-- Jon

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#6 posted 12-28-2010 01:34 AM

Verry nice ! Gotta love kits that let you do what you want, not locked in to the manufacturers
idea of what you want eh ?

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#7 posted 12-28-2010 08:11 PM

It’s so beautiful that you make me really want to make one.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 03-24-2011 04:52 AM

That look like something I would like to carry it pocket everyday.

-- Niccolo Jose; Filipino Artist,

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#9 posted 03-24-2011 05:05 AM

great work! that ebony came out very nice.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#10 posted 02-20-2012 06:12 AM

Are the nuts upside down?

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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