Selecting a spokeshave

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Forum topic by Brett posted 02-13-2012 03:53 AM 1252 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2012 03:53 AM

On a lark, I bought an old carpenters hammer with a cracked handle at an antique mall (cost, about $3). The handle is in sufficiently good shape that I can measure its dimensions and make a new handle. I have some well-dried hickory, but I figure I need a spokeshave to shape the concave parts of the handle. Can anyone recommend a good, inexpensive modern spokeshave, or a particular vintage Stanley model that I can restore and put to use?

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#1 posted 02-14-2012 12:21 AM

Ebay would be a OK start to look for a Stanley. Harbor Freight has a cheep one. Swirt did a great tune up blog on this shave. I would get a low priced one and see if it meets your needs. Descent shaves are not to expensive. If it was me I would find a Stanley to refurb.

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#2 posted 02-14-2012 01:21 AM

Brett, Ebay has a bunch of them for sure. I have Stanleys regular spokeshaves and another maker’s circular one. I have tuned them and they work very nicely. However, I made one from a Lee Valley kit (on their website) and it is my “Go-To” spokeshave 90% of the time. I love that tool, it works great. If you look at my Projects you will see it there and I documented the process to make it as well.

I recommend that you build the spokeshave kit. The kit is pretty low cost and all you need is a small piece of wood for the body. It is pretty easy to do and you learn a couple of skills doing it. You will have a custom made tool that you made yourself. To me, ones you make yourself are special. Even more so when you it works like a champ. Seeing as you are already making tools, this one is right up your alley.

Good Luck!

-- Mike

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#3 posted 02-14-2012 04:46 PM

Thanks. Are there any particular Stanley models to look for or to avoid (if I go that route)?

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#4 posted 02-15-2012 01:52 PM

If you can find a stanley 151 with a curved sole you are really in business. Kunz can be tweaked to work well and the Veritas work exceptionally well right out of the gate.

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