|Review by Lumberpunk||posted 03-03-2014 05:24 AM||1762 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
I bought this kits a few months ago and didn’t get time to make the body until recently.
As usual with Veritas products I found the packaging to be minimal, which I like. All the parts felt well made right away and the blade was already very flat and sharp, a few minutes on the worksharp brought it up to a nice mirror finish.
The instructions are detailed and clear and have a good tool and materials list at the beginning as well as warning you when any operation is crucial to be performed accurately. After dimensioning the wood I used a drill press, chisels, block plane, shoulder plane, bandsaw, rasps, files, the provided tap and sanding. I don’t often find myself performing that many operations on a single small piece.
I am guessing the project took me from 4-6 hours, maybe a little more spread out over 4 or 5 days. The only trouble I ran into was when I bent the brass strip while drilling the countersink for the screws, they do provide you with enough brass for a spare but I just tapped away gently with a hammer until I got it flat again.
Once built I set the tool up according to the instructions and started making shavings. I have never used another spokeshave but from the way it feels in my hands I would say it was working flawlessly. Nice long paper thin curly shavings!
All in all a great project and a great tool… looking forward to passing this one on to my children.
You can see my project here: