Need spokeshave recommendations for half-hull boat models

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Forum topic by kanihoncho posted 02-02-2011 10:27 PM 1553 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-02-2011 10:27 PM

I am doing some half hull modeling and need to pick up a couple of spokeshaves. A 6” or so one and some small brass ones. I do like the metal, push-spokeshaves with the thumb rests but i do not know name brands.

I have also seen these but wonder about the quality:

I want to purchase decent tools at a decent price (good value for the money). While I LOVE the offerings at Lee Valley and Veritas (beautiful spokeshaves!) they’re not in my price range.

I’m also open to any other model builders as to tools they use.

Any advice is appreciated gentlemen, thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 02-02-2011 11:14 PM

Have you considered constructing your own using a prepared spokeshave blade? It might give you more control over the design and the price would be manageable. I’m sure someone can provide a quick link. I’ve scored quite a few quality spokeshaves off Ebay & I’ve lost auctions on at least a dozen Clifton shaves. If money were no object, I’d say Clifton/Preston. If money somewhat an object, I’d say vintage Stanley perhaps with a new blade. If money’s tight, build your own! Good luck.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 02-03-2011 01:02 AM

I have some of the little ones. They were through AMT many years ago. The ones in the photo look about the same. They are a bit of a pain to adjust with the screw adjustment but they are a low tech and pretty fool proof item. Make sure you know how big they are. These are pretty small. You will still really want some small rifflers and rasps.

As far as the regular shaves, there really isn’t that much to differentiate them other than flat or rounded sole. The Kunz, Stanley, and even the cheap Harbor Freight $5 ones are a heck of a bargain.

One other to consider is an old fashioned wooden shave. They have a much lower cutting angle. Lee Valley and others have a more modern version. You can also get a kit from Ron Hock.

Highland Woodworking has a pretty good variety of them to look at.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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