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09-22-2010 03:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stanley 55 spokeshave sharpen a hollow faced spokeshave hollow faced spokeshave spokeshave

Hi,

How do you sharpen a hollow faced spokeshave?


Mine is a old Stanley 55 like this one.

I wonder if there are some tricks or smart ways to sharpen a hollowfaced spokeshave.
The only idea I could come up with was to make a round sanding block, and then go up grid unlit really sharp, and then end up with a leather strap with honing compound.

Any ideas?

Best of thoughts, from the curious wood trainee,
MaFe

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.


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#1 posted 09-22-2010 04:09 PM

You’ve already answered your own question.

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#2 posted 09-22-2010 04:18 PM

That’s pretty much it.

http://www.youtube.com/user/LieNielsen#p/u/10/9aiCpX6G15M

It’s relevant to your question at about 7:00 min.

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#3 posted 09-22-2010 04:29 PM

Thank you both.
I laugh – so that means I’m not as stupid as I look…
Thank you for the link, it was excatly what I imagined, I used to do that with my plane irons, before I got a Scheppach wet grinder, but this system cant do rounded blades… Even it’s really clever (Like a Tormek). Best thoughts and thank you for the quicek response,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 09-22-2010 04:47 PM

Yep, make the mating piece of wood using the actual tool, then cover it with wet-dry paper. The video Ole lists is fantastic. Deneb Puchalski (the guy in the video) has a great way of not making a big deal out of sharpening. He makes it look easy and doesn’t create a lot of stress about it.

Here is the same video without having to follow the link.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#5 posted 09-22-2010 04:50 PM

Added that you can use a similar technique for sharpening gouges. Just use the tool to gouge a piece of wood to the shape of the tool, then insert a piece of abrasive paper. and drag the tool backwards.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#6 posted 09-22-2010 08:00 PM

I was going to suggest exactly what has already been suggested so I will choose to not be redundant – TODAY anyway. Good luck.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#7 posted 09-22-2010 09:24 PM

Thank you all!
I smile all over my face, you are all wonderful fellows in this magic brotherhood called LJ!
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 09-22-2010 09:44 PM

Yoh! I can maybe add, that if you want to do some serious grinding, chuck on of those round grinding stones in your drill press and make some sparks! I have a tapered slipstone with a convex and concave side. Looks a little like half of a cone. Great for honing hollow spokeshaves and gauges.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#9 posted 09-22-2010 10:13 PM

Mads I havn´t seen the vidio yet
but instead of a round dovel stock
the take a piece of lumber with the same thicknes of the the width of the blade on the spokeshave
and round on side with a plane and the last of it with the spokeshave so they match each other
and then you can glue some metalsandpaper on it

then you turn the blade opsite down in the angle you want to have the the bevel in level
and then you just use the sandingblock in level moves

its the same tecnic Swarz use on scrubplanes in his blog if you want to see it with pictures

take care
Dennis

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#10 posted 09-22-2010 10:37 PM

Cool idea div!
I’ll check his blog Dennis.
Thank you,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 09-26-2010 02:50 PM

Thanks for asking the question, Mads. The comments have been interesting and the video that swirt linked us to was very informative. We learn so much here on LJ. Thanks for posting this.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 09-26-2010 05:17 PM

Ole gets credit for the video find… I just embedded it.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#13 posted 02-08-2013 05:15 AM

I have tried clicking on the links to the videos but on both they say they no longer exist. I got the general idea and I have the same idea that the OP has here.

Still… it would be nice to see it on a video. Hundreds of people are more than happy to show you how to sharpen a flat blade. If i get my system down right I’ll do a video and leave it up.

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#14 posted 02-08-2013 05:21 AM

can also try slip stones if you want a better hone.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#15 posted 02-08-2013 02:57 PM

Anyone know where to find a free video on sharpening concave shapes?

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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