Veritas spokeshave kit

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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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12935 posts in 1966 days

#1 posted 1339 days ago

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 1339 days ago

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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66 posts in 1411 days

#3 posted 1339 days ago

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 1339 days ago

enjoy your new toy :-)

take care

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Jon McGrath

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#5 posted 1339 days ago

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

-- Jon

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#6 posted 1339 days ago

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, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#7 posted 1338 days ago

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 1252 days ago

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

-- Nico Jose; Designer/Maker &Artist

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#9 posted 1252 days ago

great work! that ebony came out very nice.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#10 posted 919 days ago

Are the nuts upside down?

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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