|Project by DHS||posted 02-24-2013 09:03 PM||3736 views||8 times favorited||10 comments|
I’m in my mid-forties but I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that I just started shaving. In fact, I learned how to do it just yesterday. A friend and fellow member of our local woodworker’s association taught a course on spokeshave construction at his shop. I purchased the Large Wooden Spokeshave Kit from Lee Valley and I found a piece of curly maple in my cut-off bin that was just the right size for this project. It took me about eight hours to make the tool (after dimensioning the stock and making a couple of jigs that I used during construction). There were a couple of tricky parts to this project. The holes for the blade and thumb wheels had to be perfectly placed and drilled to just the right depth. And, threading the holes for the thumb wheels required a lot of care. But, shaping the shave was a lot of fun.
After drilling the holes for the hardware, I sawed kerfs in the center of the shave handle and then chiseled out the waste to make the ware (the angled opening that allows shavings to exit the blade). I carefully chiseled the slot to hold the blade at the proper depth. I planed a four degree bevel along the front edge of the sole. Using a jig, I filed a brass strip for the front of the sole – 45 degrees along the length and 100 degrees at the ends. This allowed the back end of the strip to line up with the angle of the ware and the ends could then slide into the matching chiseled slot, also cut at an angle. I drilled and tapped screw holes to hold the brass strip in place and filed and sanded the sole to flatten it. I then used a bandsaw to cut the spokeshave roughly to shape and filed and sanded until it reached its final form. I applied a coat of BLO to bring out the figure in the maple handle. Perhaps I’ll top coat with shellac, but for now I’ll leave it just as it is.
So now that I’ve learned how to shave, I suppose next I’ll have to learn responsibility…
-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA