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07-12-2011 08:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw plane shaping question

I would like to build adirondak chairs as my first curvy line project. After layout, I plan on cutting out the pieces with a jigsaw as a bandsaw is not in the budget for a while. Norm uses a big oscillating drum sander to get the pieces down to his layout line. I don’t own one and don’t want to own one. If the workpiece was in the vise, would a spokeshave do the trick here? I thought one flat one and one rounded for the inside curves. SUggestions on a manufacturer besides L-N?

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#1 posted 07-12-2011 11:51 PM

There are lots of good used spokeshaves out there….. Wood and metal bodys. Another option would be to template route if you have a router. You could make a very simple table. This would be useful if you plan to make a number of them.

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#2 posted 07-14-2011 01:44 PM

Spokeshaves would be absolutely the right tools here. You can even use flat ones on inside curves if they are a gentle radius. Lots of antique iron and wooden ones around. I got to try out a friend’s Lee Valley wooden spokeshave recently, very nice (it might have been a kit??? I don’t quite remember). I have the LN Boggs spokeshave, works like a dream. I also have antiques and 80’s-vintage Stanley.

The cheap modern iron ones can be annoying due to poor quality, resulting in lots of chatter in the cut. The older wooden ones are a bit fidgety to get adjusted, and may have worn mouths. You can learn how to deal with the adjustment, and you can set in a bit of flat brass at the mouth as a wear plate. As always, learn to hone them to razor sharpness.

I highly recommend the LN, it’s a worthwhile investment. You’ll start to find more uses for it.

Alternate tools would be rasps. Shinto rasps work very well, they eat the wood like it was nothing (you have to learn how to hold them back so they don’t eat too much!).

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