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Posted on slightly curved work: spokeshaves, rasps, etc.

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#1 posted 09-28-2011 03:18 AM

Millo, I am assuming that you ordered the Veritas spokeshaves? Good choice.

Veritas ships alll their blades lapped flat, but they are not polished. The first thing you will be wanting to do it polish the backs of the blades (1000, 4000, 8000). Then just as Bill explains, it will be far easier to learn to sharpen them by hand than making and fussing with a jig. Make sure that your stones are flat. This is often over looked and missed, but it very important. Then just hold the blade in both hands, rock back and forth until you feel the blade lay flat on bevel. Then, lock your arms into position and move your whole body. Of course there is the whole thing about making the secondary bevel and all that, which you know about? If you need more help, fire me off and email, and I will take some pictures of the process and send them your way.

And regarding the router plane…. you will not be dissapointed. I have both the large and the small router planes…. and I love them. If you check out my projects, I even made a special box just for them.

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