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Forum topic by JeffP posted 06-21-2015 11:34 AM 571 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JeffP

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06-21-2015 11:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: spokeshave question

I’m looking at buying my first (and maybe only) spokeshave.

I like the look of the “Boggs” ones that lie nielson sells.

Sadly though, I know next to nothing about using one of these. They offer 3 different “styles” or “shapes”, and I have no clue which one is likely to be the most versatile.

Seems to me like one would pretty much never use a spokeshave to make something “flatter”. From what I have seen they are usually used for more “organic” shapes with curves and such.

I’m pretty sure my first one will not be “concave”, that seems a bit too specific to spindle type work. My current thought is between their perfectly flat and their “curved” sole, which looks like it would glide more easily on some curved shapes.

In the picture above it is the one on the right.

Would like some advice from the experts here. If you only wanted to buy one, which would you go for and why?

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.


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#1 posted 06-21-2015 12:10 PM

I had 5 different shaped spoke shaves until our preacher “borrowed” and never returned them. And you are right; I use the flat one the most.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#2 posted 06-21-2015 03:24 PM

I’d be in the “preacher’s” face.
“Neither a lender or a borrower be”.
Bill

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#3 posted 06-21-2015 03:59 PM



I had 5 different shaped spoke shaves until our preacher “borrowed” and never returned them. And you are right; I use the flat one the most.

- mrjinx007

Thanks MrJinx, by “the flat one”, do you mean one that was dead flat, like the one on the left above? I don’t think I would start with a specialty shaped one like their concave one here:

...but I was leaning towards the one where the sole is just slightly rounded the other direction and eased on the front and back (like the one on the right in the first picture I posted. Is that not a great idea for a “general purpose” spokeshave?

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#4 posted 06-21-2015 04:32 PM

I have several shaves(15) but the one I turn to first is usually a Stanley Razoredge (#75). Veritas makes a modern version with a metal body that is very good. You can set one side coarse and one side fine and make a nice cut. They are not great for extreme concave work but their low angle blade cuts easily. Most metal shaves are difficult for the beginner to make smooth cuts.

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#5 posted 06-21-2015 04:38 PM

I use my flat one (like on the left in the photo, except not the Boggs one) 3-4 times as much as I use the one with the curved sole and straight blade (on the right). It’s useful too, but harder to use and really not great on flat. The flat one can be used just fine on convex curves, btw.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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