Posts Tagged ‘Spokeshave’

Bevel up and bevel down spokeshaves

We are often looking for an ideal fit with everything we work with, a one-size-fits-all solution and of course many will espouse this one or that one is the answer to life’s problems, but my stock answer always is this. Life is just like wood, it comes with knots in it. Controversy ebbs and flows around…

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Setting the traditional wooden spokeshave

To read more about using a spokeshave on our Common Woodworking site, click here. ….continuing on from the last blog I wrote. These spokeshaves are not complicated or difficult to set provided everything is in fairly good shape. Complications come when the tangs are rusted into their sockets which is not at all unusual, or…

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Sharpening traditional spokeshaves

To read more about a spokeshave on our Common Woodworking site, click here. Question: How do I sharpen my wooden spokeshave, Paul? I have a wooden spokeshave and want to use it but with the two prongs sticking up I can’t really work out how to sharpen it. How do you sharpen yours? Answer: This…

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How to sharpen traditional wooden spokeshave

To read more about using a spokeshave on our Common Woodworking site, click here. This question comes up fairly often and this is the how-to that works best. It works on the modern versions of blade-as-sole spokeshaves equally well. It’s not a difficult task but the tangs get in the way of conventional bevel-up sharpening,…

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Spokeshave blade extender to sharpen on YouTube now

I wrote this blog on making and using a spokeshave blade holder/extender because it was something that enables you to use a honing guide if need be, but also gives the added leverage you really need for applying upper-body pressure as you do in normal sharpening of blades. Without the extender your fingers cannot take…

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Veritas Blade-sole Bevel-up Spokeshave Review

To read more about buying a spokeshave on our Common Woodworking site, click here. A few years ago, ten or more if I remember rightly, I ordered some spokeshave parts from Veritas in Canada. I think it was about 16 sets actually. The order was based on my previously ordering a kit of parts  to…

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On Closing the Spokeshave Series – Last One for Now

To read more about the spokeshave on our Common Woodworking site, click here. A difference between cast-metal spokeshaves and wooden spokeshaves is the dynamic of bevel-up and bevel-down cutting iron presentation to the wood I spoke of in an earlier post in this series and earlier blogs. The two differences may possibly appear to present…

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Wooden Spokeshave in Use

To read more about using a spokeshave on our Common Woodworking site, click here. Wooden Spokeshaves Wooden spokeshaves predate the cast metal ones by centuries and more if you delve into the histories of ancient worlds. Spikes and spokes give some limited indication as to why these tools are called ‘spoke’ shaves, but so limited…

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A Lighter Touch On Wooden Spokeshaves

Wood on wood is light, frictionless woodworking at its best and no metal-cast spokeshave offers anywhere near the senseasesiness to the hands of woodworkers than a wooden bodied spokeshave. There you go, it’s said and done. I was really raised on the Stanley and Record 150’s and 151’s and have used them all through my…

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Final on #151 Spokeshave Restorative Work Series – Maybe!!!

To read more about using a spokeshave on our Common Woodworking site, click here. Restoring and preparing the cutting iron and the cap iron The #151 flat-bottomed spokeshave is now the commonest of all spokeshaves in use for general woodworking and the traditional wooden pattern from 17th century origins is no longer a production model…

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