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Project by Karson posted 06-08-2008 05:03 AM 6029 views 29 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today June 7 2008, our woodworking club Mason Dixon Woodworkers Delmar De. had a class to make spokeshaves. It was in the shop of one of our members and the cost was $60.00 and $40.00 of that was for the blade make by Kansas City Windsor Tool Works Three people took the class.

Ed, our moderator – instructor is into making Windsor furniture so he uses these tools for shaping the spindles etc.

Ed’s collection of spoke shaves.

You get the center of the block and start marking some of the cuts.

Drill the holes for the blade placement.

This is the blade we used. It is the medium size. They make a smaller one and a larger one.

The holes drilled.

use a dado blade to cut out for the space under the blade.

A router bit was used to cut the space under the blade.

Screws are put under the blade for the height adjustment.

A brass plate is cut and placed as a wear surface in front of the cutting edge of the blade.

A bandsaw is used to make the initial shaping of the handle and then files are used to to the intermediate shaping.

Sandpaper is used to do the final shaping.

Practice cuts.


Adjusting the brass plate to fit the edges of the spokeshave.

The brass plate on my spokeshave just clears the blade edge. The blade can be adjusted below the surface of the brass and will keep it from getting knocked around.

We started at 9:00 am worked leisurely took an hour for lunch and were done by 3:00pm. A lot of changing drill sizes for screws and countersinking, but everyone was able to keep together so there was not a lot of waiting for a tool or tool station to come available. We used Nickelson #49 and #50 files to do the shaping.

There is no finish on mine yet. I bought another blade and plan to make another one with some exotic wook.

Additional comments about the setting of the brass throat plate in relationship to the blade.

One additional note. I didn’t install the brass plate the way that they suggest in the instructions. The plate was 1/16” thick X ½ wide. You need about 3/8” in use So I installed the blade in the slot by sanding the length to match the Dado cut and then I drilled and countersunk the screws 2- #4 3/8” and screwed the plate down. I then placed the blade in and found out how much I needed to remove to give the clearance for the blade at the throat. I sanded the brass away until the blade would go below the surface of the brass. It took a few trials to get it correct. Some of the MFg ones that they had at the class had a throat space of about 1/16”. Mine is in the thousands.

I replaced the steel screws with brass screws #4 – 3/8” and then sanded the brass away on the outside and on the bottom so that it was flush with the wood. I’ll polish the brass later. Some of the screw heads were sanded down but the slot is still there if I need to remove later..

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †





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WayneC

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#1 posted 06-08-2008 05:07 AM

Looks like a great class. I would have loved to join you. Is there a link for the blade manufacture? Also, I think Ron Hock makes similar blades.

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

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#2 posted 06-08-2008 05:11 AM

thats cool, i never even thought of making a spokeshave before. thanks for the post.

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Karson

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#3 posted 06-08-2008 05:14 AM

Wayne: The link is kcwtw

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#4 posted 06-08-2008 05:17 AM

Thanks Karson. I’ve added the link to my favorites.

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

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#5 posted 06-08-2008 06:23 AM

very cool Karson!!! was this the first one you have made before???

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 06-08-2008 06:41 AM

Great post. Thanks for all of the photos.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Douglas Bordner

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#7 posted 06-08-2008 06:53 AM

That looks like a winner. Considering the price of Dave’s Shaves and other wooden-bodied tools, I think I’d like to try one.

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

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Zipsss

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#8 posted 06-08-2008 12:36 PM

Looks nice. I will make one in between projects. I could have used it in the rocking chair I made. See you soon.

-- Zipsss

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#9 posted 06-08-2008 01:36 PM

Great stuff Karson.
I want to do one now too.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#10 posted 06-08-2008 01:46 PM

A very well illustrated demonstration to show how a spokeshave can be made. Thanks for the posting.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 06-08-2008 01:46 PM

A very well illustrated demonstration to show how a spokeshave can be made. Thanks for the posting.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 06-08-2008 02:01 PM

Wish I could have been there. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 06-08-2008 03:07 PM

Nice. My first attempt was a disaster. This is helpful, will have to try again.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#14 posted 06-08-2008 03:21 PM

Thanks for this post Karson!

I had started to attempt one after I returned from my first chair class, this will be a big help.

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

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#15 posted 06-08-2008 04:10 PM

Great information Karson!

Do you or anyone else know a source that details the concepts/standards behind the sizes and shapes of the handles?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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