|Review by Nugs||posted 05-24-2013 05:08 PM||4549 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
One of my first woodworking projects was carving a canoe paddle, I didn’t want to spend too much on tools because I wasn’t sure if I would like the hobby. I picked up this spokeshave on Amazon for a reasonable price of $20.
I’ve had a lot of problems with it but with some small modifications it was a pretty usable tool. My first issue was with it jamming up, no matter how thin I would set it, the shavings would jam it and I would have to take it apart to unclog it. My solution to this was to grind down the front of the chipbreaker, this worked very well, no more jamming.
My second issue was with the blade rattling around when I used it, I just made sure I tightened the screws as tight as I could to stop this. I ended up stripping one of the screws, probably not the best solution to the problem but it seemed to work fine.
The biggest issue occured yesterday when I was using it to shape some arches on a coffee table I’m building. I took a step back to see how it looked and it slipped out of my hand when I stood up. It dropped a total of 30 inches maybe, I thought the blade would be in pretty bad shape, but in fact the whole thing snapped in half.
I’m giving this 3 stars because it worked fine for $20 and it does have lifetime warranty, however I have to mail it in and shipping would probably be $10. I’ve gotten enough use out of it that I think I’ll upgrade and get a really nice spokeshave as a replacement.