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Forum topic by TheGravedigger posted 10-30-2008 03:03 PM 1352 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-30-2008 03:03 PM

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I’m presently considering getting started with spokeshaves. I’m not into chairmaking (yet), but am looking for one to use for general smoothing and shaping of convex & concave curves. I don’t mind spending a bit for good quality, and am torn between the regular and low-angle varieties. Specifically, I have been looking at the offerings by Veritas and Lie-Nielsen.

I realize a lot of toolmakers have low-angle designs, but boy, can they get expensive. I don’t want to drop a HUGE amount of money until I get my feet wet.

Does anyone have any experience in this area? Which style should I start with, and any recommendations on brand?

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#1 posted 10-30-2008 03:38 PM

The Veritas Low Angle spokeshave looks like a winner to me. Innovative design with a fixed blade, but a moving sole that can be reversed to allow both a flat and a curved sole, it is an improvement over the Stanley design (Kunz and others copy this). Although not as esthetically pleasing as the LN Brian Boggs, Dave’s shaves, Kansas City Windsor, HNT Gordon or even Veritas’ wooden handled offering it has increased utility and is significantly less expensive. Plus it would be the perfect partner with the Veritas Shoulder Plane I know you (and I) are fond of.

I had one ordered last weekend, but when the wife reminded me NOT to go off on a tool buying jag with Christmas coming I cancelled (first year of marriage I bought a printer for myself, when there was one already to be placed under the tree, significantly Scroogeing that Xmas). Maybe if I was good this year, I might get one – or if the Planets align just so a Worksharp.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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