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10-14-2013 11:00 AM

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Hello, I am thinking on purchasing a Moberg spokeshave. Can’t find a thing positive or negative on the internet. I figured someone here must own one and could let me know how the tool works for them. Thanks Kim.

-- Kim, Rogue River, Oregon

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 12:38 PM

$100.00 spokeshave all dressed up like Elvis!

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#2 posted 10-15-2013 03:20 AM

Worth the money? Better looking than Elvis!

-- Kim, Rogue River, Oregon

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#3 posted 10-15-2013 03:38 AM

I’m sure it works fine, but if you have tried a Stanley type one
and never tried a traditional wood one with the tanged iron
you are missing out on an instructive woodworking experience.

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#4 posted 10-15-2013 12:04 PM

Lee Valley, 59 bux for the bottom one, a “tribute” to the old preston above,

“Founded in 1825, Edward Preston & Sons, Ltd. produced some of the finest tools of the Victorian age. We have created a close replica of their model 1374 round-bottomed spokeshave, a tool as elegant as it is effective.
Smaller than typical spokeshaves at 6-3/4” long overall, it is designed for fine smoothing and shaping, with a tight mouth opening that helps reduce tear-out, and a 5/8” radius sole that allows you to work tight curves. Raised handles keep your hands clear of the work.

Our version is investment-cast in stainless steel and faithfully reproduces the polished scrollwork and scalloped borders of the original.

The lapped PM-V11™ blade is 1-3/8” wide and 3/32” thick with a 30° bevel, and clamped with a thumbscrew and cap iron.

Made in Canada. An excellent value, highly recommended.

The initial shipment is en route to our retail stores. We expect to have stock available at all locations by late October, 2013. “

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#5 posted 10-15-2013 01:21 PM

I’d never heard of Moberg before, but being a spokeshave fan I just had to look.
Their design looks like a much nicer version of the Stanley 151 adjustable spokeshave – the old one, not the new spokeshave-resembling piece of tinfoil they currently sell.
The old 151 was a nice tool, I still use mine. It’s only shortcoming is the thin iron needs to be razor sharp and perfectly set. The alignment is done with the two knobs up top. It looks like they’ve beefed it up to a premium iron. If you’re absolutely positive that you need a spokeshave and have the patience to tune it when needed (your bio said the planes didn’t work out) then this looks to be a good premium one that should work right out of the box.

But what are you planning on using it for? Do you cut a lot of curves that need smoothing, do you plan on making your own spokes, relieve edges or ???
And like someone else mentioned above, if you get a chance to try a wooden spokeshave – preferably one that someone else has sharpened and set for you – you might find you like them a lot better.

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#6 posted 10-15-2013 04:42 PM

Thanks for the input fellas! The Moberg is a nice looking tool and looked to be functional, made by a small company here in the USA. Joe is right, I put a lot of time and effort in trying to restoring some old Stanley planes (3,4,5,7) and one new Stanley (English 6). I thought a new trouble free spokeshave would alleviate my concerns (of working on an old one). I will consider a wood one as that seems to be a common recommendation. I like the look of Glen’s new spoke shave, which I’m guessing to be Lee Valley/Veritas, so I might wait and ponder further. Pleasing performance and pleasing to the eye doesn’t hurt either. As to use, I’m thinking on spindle shapes as in chair or spoons and what ever project I can use it on. Thanks again for the input, Kim.

-- Kim, Rogue River, Oregon

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