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Forum topic by Brett posted 06-30-2015 08:46 PM 627 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brett

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06-30-2015 08:46 PM

Does a flat-bottom, Stanley-151-like spokeshave have enough metal in the sole to convert It to a round-bottom shave by grinding the sole?

I guess another way of framing this question is to ask whether flat- and round-bottom Stanley 151 spokeshaves are identical, except for the way the soles are ground or machined.

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#1 posted 06-30-2015 10:41 PM

While this video may not directly answer your question, based on the info, I think you should be fine.

http://youtu.be/6aZPOE6EsjY

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#2 posted 07-01-2015 12:59 AM



Does a flat-bottom, Stanley-151-like spokeshave have enough metal in the sole to convert It to a round-bottom shave by grinding the sole?

I guess another way of framing this question is to ask whether flat- and round-bottom Stanley 151 spokeshaves are identical, except for the way the soles are ground or machined.

- Brett


Brett-
To your first question…Probably…depending on what radius you are seeking to grind.
To your second…no, not identical, but close.
I’m looking at three of my #151 like spokeshaves right now. Two are Stanley and one is a Record. One Stanley and the Record are curved soled. The other Stanley is flat. The fore to aft curve is slightly different between the Record and the Stanley with the Stanley a tighter curve. But I don’t think any of these three shave were made in the same decade and I’d guess that there was fifty plus years between the two Stanleys.
If I only had one spokeshave I’d prefer the flat for ease of use. If I was going to just experiment with grinding different sole profiles I’d start my experiments with the cheaper #51. I have a few of those and have paid as little as $0.50 for one of them. I also have an old #51 like (Unmarked and of unknown origin) that is curved ever so slightly fore and aft and port to starboard. Round bottom spokeshaves are not hard to find. Do you have some special need or project in mind? Good luck and let us know what you decide to do and how it turns out.
chuck

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#3 posted 07-01-2015 01:49 AM

Thanks. Used spokeshaves of any type are hard to find where I live, so my buying is generally limited to eBay and Etsy. I have seen a few round-bottom 151s come up, but not frequently, so I thought that “making” one from a flat-bottom shave might be an option.

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#4 posted 07-01-2015 02:13 AM

Pretty sure I saw an LJ here that did it, but now I can’t recall who. I agree again with Chuck in trying it on a cheaper 51 style. I don’t have any extra, or I’d send you one. I did just pic up a Stanley 63 that is rounded front to back, is that the rounding you were referring to? I haven’t had a chance to use it yet and get used to it or see whether I like it better.

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