Spokeshave woodwork, lie nielsen low angle smoothing plane - Try Out

Categories: Woodworking Plans Dresser | Author: admin 02.02.2013

I started using spokeshaves on a daily basis, while building wooden boats a little over ten years ago. You might have guessed that the spokeshave was originally used by wheelwright’s,  to shave the spokes on wooden wheels.
I’ve used vintage Stanley spokeshaves, wooden bodied and cigar shaped spokeshaves, inexpensive, big-box spokeshaves, but my go-to spokeshaves are the modern, metal shaves by Veritas.
With the Veritas spokeshaves, you can dial in the finest shavings thanks to their responsive adjustment knobs incorporated into the design. I don’t mind adjusting planes with hammer taps, but the smaller spokeshave iron, sole and mouths are a little trickier to master using the hammer tap technique.


I have an older Stanley 53 adjustable mouth spokeshave and it works pretty well but its hard to adjust. The slightly more expensive, flat spokeshave is a little beefier to hold, has formed wooden handles, but isn’t able to work on tight convex profiles. While I could have bought an old shave I build the shave in the picture from Ron Hock's most excellent spokeshave kit. The trio of spokeshaves, flat, round and concave, are all extremely comfortable to use and set. The reasons were mostly that when I was studying we didn't use them, and most of the woodwork I did didn't call for shaves.


My interest in wooden spokeshaves began after attending a Windsor chair class taught by Mike Dunbar. Here I became familiar with both the original wooden spokeshaves and various modern versions.



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