Wooden Spokeshave- wood types?

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Forum topic by Philip posted 06-30-2011 11:47 PM 2298 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2011 11:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: homemade spokeshave spokeshave wood selection

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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#1 posted 07-01-2011 05:09 PM

Tight, dense, and hard grained wood is most desirable (to me) for such creations. Beware of those hard woods that break as brittle wood and of the weak grain of others. These things I’ve learned as a hobbyist; but, I’ve said more than I know as a tool maker. Now as one who drops (that’s why I’ve bought so much floor padding for the shop), cracks, breaks, dings, dents, and grooves his old tools without apparent insight to know what’s going to happen (before said action occurs), I can emphasize how nice my woodies are, when they are made of hard, tight grained, dense wood.


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