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Forum topic by Steve posted 02-24-2014 01:49 AM 1174 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2014 01:49 AM

I recently purchased a couple of used spoke shave’s, one being a flat bottom and the other one curved. I have never used this type of tool for 40 years but when I take a close look at the blades they seem to have a real camber to them. Is this normal or do I throw them out and buy a couple of new ones?

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#1 posted 02-24-2014 02:57 AM

That’s not a problem, remember a spoke shave is meant for curvy stuff. They were designed to create spokes so it was used to round the stock and straighten it. That is a lot of camber, but again, depending on what you are doing it may or may not be a problem.

If you were trying to smooth the edge of a 3/4 board that has been band sawed with some S type of shaping, then you might need a 3/4-1” flat in the middle, just put it on a rough stone and get it flattened in the middle.. I would not throw the blade away, use it.

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#2 posted 02-24-2014 04:48 PM

I would agree that these were most likely used for a special purpose and please don’t throw them away. If you don’t fancy straightening them up keep them in the tool box and buy a couple new ones.

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#3 posted 02-24-2014 05:08 PM

Someone likely wanted the shave for dishing chair seats, or working the inside glue lines fairing a canoe.

To your question, No that isn’t normal. I relieve the edges of my plane plades just a little while sharpening, but nothing like the camber you show in the picture.

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