Using a Wooden Spokeshave

Wooden spokeshaves may seem like they’ve been superseded, but they are very useful in the day to day of woodworking. A wooden sole means minimal friction and Paul shows how to easily micro adjust the blade for a variety of uses.

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Making a Wooden Spokeshave: Episode 2

The shaping proper starts with the coves. They are drilled for an even radius, then Paul saws down the line. Then the handles are refined and shaped using a spokeshave, rasp, plane and scraper. Then the adjuster can be fitted and the blade sharpened ready for use before the finish is applied.

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Making a Wooden Spokeshave: Episode 1

Paul starts by shaping, drilling, and beveling the blade. The blade is then hardened, which can be done in various ways. With that done, the blade and a simple template can be used to layout the spokeshave body and the blade recess and escapement are cut.

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