Posts Tagged ‘Spokeshave’

#151 Spokeshave Restoration – The Paul Sellers’ Blade Extender

Sharpening Spokeshaves Needs Good Leverage All too often punching a keyboard doesn’t strengthen the right finger, hand and arm muscles for sharpening super short blades like spokeshave blades. I do freehand-sharpen without any such associated problems but I have taught enough students through the decades of training to know many do find great difficulty applying sufficient pressure…

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Restoring a #151 Record, Marples or Stanley Spokeshave

I bought three #151’s via eBay recently to show what could be had for under £10 knowing the steel cutting iron, cast body and associated adjusting mechanisms will be original Sheffield steel of quality rather than an Asian import under the banner of say Irwin or Stanley or whatever. In this series I want to…

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The 151 Spokeshave – Where I Mastered This Unique Plane

 More on spokeshaves – How I Got Started With One Growing up in the 50s and 60s and then throughout my apprenticing years in the mid 1960s I worked considerably in restoration work on older houses that had settled more solidly through two world wars, much demolition from bomb droppage and of course normal settlement…

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Fingers Hurt Sharpening Spokeshave Blades? There’s an Answer!

Here is the way forward for making the Paul Sellers’ Spokeshave Blade Extender There is a lot more besides hurting fingers and hands when it comes to freehand sharpening small blades like spokeshave blades. Applying effective pressure is hard and keeping even pressure across the width of the iron with just fingertips is nigh on impossible.…

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Grinding and honing spokeshave blades

To read more about sharpening a spokeshave on our Common Woodworking site, click here We use spokeshaves a lot at the school. From the Foundational Course projects through to rocking chairs, these tools prove invaluable for shaping arches, rounding over and other multidimensional features we woodworkers configure in our work. Though these tools are very…

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Questions answered – Flat- or Round – bottomed Spokeshaves

Flat-bottomed and Round-bottomed Spokeshaves   Hi Paul, It was a pleasure to meet you at the Fredericksburg VA Woodworking Show. I hope to be taking your beginner course next spring.  However, I have two questions to ask. 1. Are all of your spokeshaves flat bottomed or do you use a rounded bottom spokeshave also?  If so,…

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Spokeshave bevels on bevel-down spokeshaves

To read more about using a spokeshave on our Common Woodworking site, click here. Muscle development in the hands I meant to take pictures of a common problem with spokeshaves bedded at 40-45 degrees. This type includes almost all of the metal-cast models we know and love including Veritas and #151 models and more. People…

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The Stanley #151 Spokeshave

Three years ago a woodworking guru in a British woodworking magazine gave advise to  a new woodworker because he had asked why he couldn’t get good results from his Stanley #151 The tool kept digging in and gouging the wood. The guru gave no remedial advise to the writer. He actually stated that you cannot…

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