|Forum topic by Philip||posted 06-30-2011 11:47 PM||1573 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
06-30-2011 11:47 PM
I have just purchased a spokeshave kit to build my own beauty. I am just starting out and want to make most of my hand-tools. There are some amazing shop-made tools on this site. I would like to make all (or most) of my tools/handles from the same species of wood/metal. BRASS seems to be a common theme in the “wow that looks nice” posts.
I have seen some amazing species with beautiful grain patterns and was wondering if these would be a good idea for tools? Is a spokeshave small enough that the crazy grain direction wouldn’t matter or would I crack it the first time I use it?
I guess it comes down to this question- Can I use highly figured wood for items like spokeshaves, planes, handles, gauges, or should I stick with ultra straight, dense woods??
What favorites do you all have? As alsways I appreciate any comments/ideas.
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