My wooden spokeshave: Can it be saved?

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    I got this spokeshave as part of a tool bundle purchase (I already knew it was broken). It looked like someone had tried to fix it with a nail and some glue. The broken off handle says “**something** Greaves” (can’t make out the first part).

    I’ve never used a spokeshave before and I was hoping to maybe fix this one and use it. But I don’t know if it can be saved.

    If you were set on trying to repair it, how would you go about it? The best idea I can come up with is a perpendicular cut on the body where the damage begins, and then glue on a new block of wood and shape it as best I can. Maybe use a dowel too?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    P.S. Does anyone know what wood species was typically used for a wooden spokeshave?


    Juan, I repaired a similar spokeshave for a friend. I used Devcon 2 Ton Crystal Clear Epoxy, that was over a year ago and its still going strong. I just glued both parts together and left it for 24 hours.

    A bit more info

    Joseph Sellers

    If gluing it doesn’t work you could salvage the metal parts and make a new wooden body using the broken one as a template.

    Wooden spokeshaves are typically made from Boxwood (that’s what yours look like too).

    David Gill

    I think I would in the first instance go with Kens suggested Epoxy with a dowel , if that fails you still have the option of going with Josephs suggestion.

    Wigan, Lancs. England :


    Thanks for the input, guys. The previous owner tried to fix it using a nail as a dowel and some white glue I think. Plus there’s a chunk of wood missing. So I need to amputate the stump! I’ll post a pic of my “repair”. 🙂

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