Restoring an old spokeshave

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Forum topic by packetsmacker posted 02-22-2015 03:15 AM 571 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2015 03:15 AM

I was looking at old spokeshaves on ebay. I have hit up every flea market type of store in my area. I can’t seem to ever find old hand tools. I was looking at some old spokeshaves and noticed some of the blades looked pretty rough.

How can i tell if the blade should be replaced or if it can be repaired? I am sure it would be difficult to see from the ebay posting if the blade is bad. As a general rule when do they need to be replaced?

The reason I want old tools is to save money. I just want to put them back to work but if i spend $30 on a spokeshave then $30 on a blade it’s not cost effective. I haven’t been looking at new ones so maybe $60 for a good spokeshave is a fair price.

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#1 posted 02-22-2015 04:02 AM

As long as the blade has some length to it you can eventually clean up most blades, it just depends on how much work you want to do. The worst problem besides being too short and ground away is pitting on the flat, non beveled side. If it’s pitted from rust you’ll have to grind or sand that out.

You should be able to find a basic spokeshave for less than $30, but it depends on your area I guess. If your area has none, even ebay should be cheaper than that.

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#2 posted 02-22-2015 05:26 AM

I’ve also had bad luck finding spokeshaves in person in my neck of the woods. As far as vintage blades, like Tim said, I can’t think of anything except length and pitting. On eBay doesn’t seem like a lot of sellers bother to take it apart so you can see exactly what you’re getting. You can get a decent guess by seeing the top but it’s still a guess. I’ve got mostly vintage tools, but for Christmas I got the L-N Boggs. I had a Kunz, which was a waste of my life. That Boggs is sweet but not cheap. And it’s for fine work, the mouth is really narrow. But that’s why I got it.

Don’t know if you’re going to find anything new that’s really quality for $60. The Pinnacle at Woodcraft is a nice one, it’s about $100. Don’t think the Woodriver, which is much less, is worth the price. Never tried a Veritas, which is the same $ range as a Pinnacle.

You might want to post something in the Trade & Swap section, I’m sure you can find someone willing to part with a nice vintage one for a good price, and you’ll know exactly what you’re getting.

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