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Forum topic by Eric posted 07-01-2015 12:51 PM 899 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-01-2015 12:51 PM

I need to plane a concave curve. Before I spend my &, can a round bottom spoke shave be used across the grain?


Does anyone have a cost-effective lead on a round-blade plane that would let me go with the grain? I working the underside, concave curve of a sleigh bed head/foot board.

-- Eric

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#1 posted 07-01-2015 01:09 PM

Angle the spoke shave just like you’d angle a bench plane for cross grain cutting. This allows the blade to “shear” the wood fibers.
To answer your question, a convex bottom spoke shave will work well on concave surfaces.


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#2 posted 07-01-2015 01:18 PM

Yes, it will work. Make sure it’s sharp, obviously. You can angle it like Bill mentions, although if the curve is too tight this will not really work, since it kind of reduces the curvature of the sole.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#3 posted 07-01-2015 02:35 PM

You might try a custom shaped scraper as well.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 07-01-2015 02:49 PM

I’m a little confused at you stating across the grain and then mention a sleigh bed part. Can you not go with the grain with a spokeshave? A custom scraper will work nicely and would be a lot cheaper than either of the other tools. If you can go with the grain, a sharp scraper will shape and finish nicely.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#5 posted 07-01-2015 03:44 PM

I’ve pieced the top curved unit together at 20 degree angles. I’m hoping to “plane” that curved joint smooth on the concave side after glue-up.

-- Eric

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#6 posted 07-02-2015 11:11 AM

I’ve had problems with chattering on end grain even with a flat spokeshave, but its possible depending on the wood.
Try it and if that happens then a scraper is the way to go IMO.

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