|Forum topic by Millo||posted 902 days ago||2667 views||1 time favorited||19 replies|
902 days ago
So, I am wanting to dig into this project of mine sometime in October (most likely, late October). It’s a wall-hanging mail organizer that will most likely have walnut sides. I want to do some shaping on these, around the bottom and top of these—think what some would call ‘clean, simple contemporary curved lines’, etc. Not sure that’s what I’d call it but that’s what I’ve seen that called.
Initially, I thought I might use a rasp. I have one of those Japanese rasps that Lee Valley and other companies sell. After some thought, I went, “maybe I can do it w/ just a block plane and it’d be faster, or maybe another CUTTING tool”... that’s when it dawned on me, ignorant newb that I am, the fact that maybe just maybe the perfect tool for the job was a spokeshave. This vid made me think a spokeshave might indeed be what I’m looking for: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUux8RBdrOY
For this particular project I’ll be doing subtle convex shaping on black walnut boards 5-6” wide (over maybe a 2” long span at the top and maybe 4” span at the bottom”), but not at a deep radius. You can assume the radius will not be symmetrical.
Maybe a combination of careful marking, the shave, (maybe a rasp) and some sanding will do. Personally, something tells me this would be more accurate, and less prone to provoking “OH $#|T!!!” ...’ugh, time to dimension another board” moments than using a handheld grinder… maybe, just maybe? I’m exaggerating a bit.
So, I immediately checked out the Woodcraft, Lie-Nielsen and Lee Valley websites, as well as traditional Stanleys, etc. Before I go any further, let me mention I am a newb w/o a real shop who is more interested in first collecting hand tools and hand-tool skills that will in the not-so-near future help in attempts at lutherie. I am currently building jigs and crappy simple projects at the local community college’s shop about 4 hrs a week, which where I plan to build said project.
As is expected, I was drawn to the cheap Stanley which can be had for less than $20 at amazon.com. I quickly got a bit of nausea thinking of how much work and many hours I’ve put into attempting to flatten some other cheap tools’ reference surfaces. Then, I went to Lee Valley and Lie-Nielsen and lo and behold… gorgeous tools. REad some reviews. Great stuff. REad some info here at Lumberjocks and thought maybe getting the potentially amazing Veritas spokeshave set or the gorgeous Lie-Nielsen Boggs spokeshave (which by the way if I remember correctly is recommended by David Charlesworth) might be OVERKILL. I of course don’t “need” the whole Veritas set—I could do with the flat one for the project at hand, and the concave one would help for some designs I have floating in my head. Then again, I really would hate to spend much time doing any set up other than flattening/honing a blade and adjusting cuts.
Which brings me to the question: Stanley, Kunz, Lee Valley or Lie-Nielsen? Here is one that might be the best compromise thus far: Woodriver spokeshave HAS ANYONE TRIED THIS SPOKESHAVE? Reviews seem to be mostly positive. BY THE WAY, I DO PLAN TO DO A LOT OF SLIGHTLY-CURVED WORK, HOPEFULLY MOSTLY WITH HAND TOOLS, in building simple keepsake boxes, furniture, etc. in the near future. This would include
From Lee Valley, are these an alternative FOR THE MOMENT?: Contour planes.
Do you guys have a specific tool to recommend? What type of applications have you used it on? What type of tune-up work have you performed on it?