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Restoring an old wooden spokeshave

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Blog entry by siavosh posted 01-03-2015 03:46 AM 2955 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m hoping to build a chair this year, and so I picked up this wooden spokeshave (my first) off eBay for less than $15 including shipping from England. The patina is great to the touch, but it needed some tune up work.

The blade was by far the most work, and again I tended to wonder if saving the money on eBay is worth the hours of of hand grinding and the wear and tear on my stones. Regardless, the purchase had been made. The biggest concern I now have with this spokeshave is how much of the blade is really left, but hopefully enough for my use. After the blade was sharpened, I replaced the worn front of the wooden body with a strip of white oak.

After a fair bit of additional tweaking (gluing some shaving strips into the tang holes to increase grip) it worked pretty nice. I’m not sure if it’s capable yet of taking consistently thin shaving, but if not I’m ok with a rougher use of the tool, although the worn thinness of the blade remains a concern in terms of potential chipping (I increased the bevel angle to 25+ degrees, should I make it higher?).

Definitely one of the most fun tools out there.

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Texcaster

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#1 posted 01-03-2015 09:42 AM

Nice save. I like those spokeshaves because of the extreme low angle cutting action and the thick steel but they do wear.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#2 posted 01-03-2015 12:47 PM

Looks great.
If the blade is too worn have a look at Harry Rogers take on making a travisher- almost the same and should be doable.
Good luck!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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bryanmcdonald

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#3 posted 01-03-2015 01:23 PM

It’s really nice. The pictures ‘re in high-definition and detail.

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siavosh

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#4 posted 01-03-2015 07:42 PM

Thanks folks. Once the blade gets too thin, I’ll look into repurposing it for a travisher, thanks for the tip @kaerlighedsbamsen.

-- http://woodspotting.com/ -- Discover the most interesting woodworking blogs from around the world

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ann_kelly2015

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#5 posted 09-10-2015 12:33 PM

Love it, very nice. Thanks for the great tips.

-- Ann Kelly CA http://topbestreviews.net

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#6 posted 10-19-2015 10:43 AM

Very educative this one. Not only will it come handy in repairing woodshaves but the skills will be useful in fixing other stuff around the house too.

-- John Edward Snow, http://www.vacuumdigest.com http://www.smokerdigest.com

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duongtd1102

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#7 posted 12-18-2015 03:57 PM

Looks great.
If the blade is too worn have a look at Harry Rogers take on making a travisher- almost the same and should be doable.
Good luck!
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#8 posted 12-18-2015 05:05 PM

You did a nice job of restoration.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#9 posted 02-13-2016 10:35 AM

Great Job. I love it. And the tips are useful for me. Thanks.

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