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John

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663 days ago

I’d like to shape some nice curved profiles on a 3” thick chunk of fir. The profile will be about 8” long. I guess I could draw the shape, cut it close on the bandsaw, and smooth it on a spindle sander. I have that option, though I’ll have to clean up a couple of hard inside corners with a sanding block and / or shoulder plane. My question really is, how would I do it using only hand tools? I have a 12” bowsaw, but at that thickness I don’t think I’ll be able to cut too close to the line. And then what would I use to fair and smooth the surface? Card scraper? Some parts of the profile will be basically end grain.


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bhog

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#1 posted 663 days ago

A sharp spokeshave may help ya.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#2 posted 663 days ago

Rasp, file, sandpaper.

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#3 posted 662 days ago

Thanks. I guess I was hoping for some sort of trick, but maybe this is the excuse I need to find a low-angle spokeshave. I think I’ll cut one long and try my hand on the waste before I go for the real deal.

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#4 posted 662 days ago

I would play on scrap first if its your first time with a spokeshave.Watch the grain direction.You will get to where you can feel it and know you need to go the other way.Keep it sharp and dont set the blade too deep.Depending on the shave they can hog off material in a hurry.I really enjoy shaping with a spokeshave.Those long curls are therapy… lol…

Also depending on the situation a chisel comes in handy.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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