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Forum topic by cirvin posted 722 days ago 876 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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cirvin

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722 days ago

Can anyone tell me what a good spokeshave to start out would be? I’m leaning towards a wooden handle version and prefer vintage models over a new one because of its history. I don’t really have a project that requires the use of one at the moment just want to get some practice on it.


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jmos

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#1 posted 722 days ago

There’s an interesting article on spokeshaves in Popular Woodworking this month (October edition) by James Mursell. He seems to prefer the style shave that has a wear strip in front of the blade, and nothing behind it (usually wooden body, although Veritas makes a metal version as well) rather than the metal type (like the Stanley) with the body of the shave in front and behind the blade. His article discusses his reasons.

Lots of different versions out there, many home made, so it’s hard to give a manufacturer for a vintage shave. Hock has a kit available where you can make your own.

-- John

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sikrap

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#2 posted 722 days ago

Its not wooden handled, but the Stanley 151 is easy to use and is easy to find.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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Loren

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#3 posted 722 days ago

Lee Valley sells a kit too.

I have about 5 spokeshaves and 1 of them is the old style
(sort of, it’s small and made of pot metal) with the low
angle blade. In use it behaves more like a fine little
drawknife than the more common shaves do.

A spokeshave is really just a small drawknife with a throat and
depth setting to prevent too-deep cuts.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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MonteCristo

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#4 posted 722 days ago

Lee Valey sells good spokeshaves, not the best maybe but good and at a reasonable price.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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JSilverman

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#5 posted 721 days ago

Hock will sell you a great blade and instructions for making a very good shave…
Dave’s shaves makes great wooden ones – modern blades that are much easier to adjust than old shaves
the Veritas or LN shaves are both great- I also have a low angle Veritas that is particularly well used (for making chairs)

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Dallas

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#6 posted 721 days ago

My first shave was a Stanley #64 from eBay which cost me a total of $2. I still have it and use it quite often, most recently on a can I am making for the wife to beat me with. Of course, this might take awhile.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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