Spokeshave: Sharpening Holder

Spokeshave Sharpening Holder

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Paul designed a simple holder that enables you to hold a spokeshave iron securely for sharpening.

28 Comments

  1. Eddy Flynn on 4 July 2014 at 4:04 pm

    thanks for showing us how to make these accessories rather than give us a link to where we can buy a product that will do the job for us ,another one in the poor mans product range .

  2. António on 4 July 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Mr Sellers and team!

    Thank you!

  3. Dave Deady on 4 July 2014 at 4:45 pm

    You keep opening friendly doors… warm thanks

  4. Michael Pallinger on 4 July 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you very much!

  5. Marco Padierna on 4 July 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Quite clear and deep explanation, as usual. I guess this mechanism can be extended to hold chisels. Thank you a lot.

    • ballinger on 5 July 2014 at 11:47 pm

      You likely wouldn’t need it as chisels are longer and many would fit inside a honing guide (if you use them).

  6. bit101 on 4 July 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Thanks for this. I’ve been sharpening by hand, but not confident about the results I’ve gotten. I’ll definitely try making this.

  7. Ed on 4 July 2014 at 8:36 pm

    It looks like you could drill the main bolt hole before cutting the bevel and then any blowout from the drilling would be cut away later.

  8. david o'sullivan on 5 July 2014 at 12:13 am

    the man is genius in his thinking . brilliant

  9. Greg Joseph on 5 July 2014 at 4:39 am

    Wonderful ideas. Brilliant. Thank you so much.

  10. Charles Hart on 5 July 2014 at 6:57 am

    Thank you Paul

  11. Kirk Zabolio on 5 July 2014 at 6:08 pm

    What a clever way to sharpen a spoke shave blade, makes a difficult job easy. Thanks.
    Kirk

  12. Ray Rigley on 5 July 2014 at 10:19 pm

    You sir are a genius.
    I love all you simple methods.

  13. Paul Fowler on 6 July 2014 at 5:37 am

    Timing could not be better, just acquired #151. The blade was completely used up.
    Blanked out two blades in O1steel, machined rough bevel, will grind,harden,anneal tomorrow. The jig is next for first honing.

    Thanks again,
    Paul F

  14. bobbybew on 8 July 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks great got any ideas on sharepen small combination plane blades(how to hold them)

    • Paul SellersTeam Member on 8 July 2014 at 11:42 pm

      Either freehand like a regular plane iron or turn upside down in the vise, bevel levelled parallel to the bench top in the vise but a little above vise and flip the diamond plate upside down. Trace your fingertips along the bench top as you push the plate back and forth until the bevel is down to the cutting edge.

      • David R. on 8 July 2014 at 11:49 pm

        Good question and helpful answer. Thank you both.

      • bobbybew on 19 July 2014 at 9:40 am

        Thanks paul that a great help l’ev learnt so much for you on youtube i have sharepen a old saw i found in old school think it a disston no8 to rip cut it great saw thanks to you

  15. HC on 10 July 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Appreciate the practical, clear and useful guidance given!

  16. russ on 16 July 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Hello Paul. Nice series on the spokeshaves. I have been wondering about reassembling the spokeshave. Should the cap iron sit at a specific angle or have certain measureable gap on the rear edge? Or does it not really matter all that much?

    • Paul SellersTeam Member on 13 November 2014 at 7:37 pm

      Once you have the set screw distanced from the body you really rarely need to change it. It’s important to have it steep enough to apply pressure right behind the blade cutting edge and not to much further up and away from the cutting edge. 3-4 mil gap at the top edge is enough but `i hate to think that you might measure it. `if it works at that then leave well alone.

  17. Andrew Young on 4 October 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Many thanks for the lesson. Your doing a grand job.

  18. Martin McKenna on 13 October 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I’ve just received my first stanley spokeshave via eBay and you have sorted out the problem I was concerned with, how to accurately and confidently sharpen the small blade. Thank you Paul for, once again, coming to the rescue, with that wealth of knowledge.
    Many regards

    Martin
    P.s. Can’t wait to get your book for Christmas

  19. borojoiner on 3 February 2015 at 10:50 pm

    hi paul I know you have mentioned about polishing compound I was wondering dose any compound do or dose the veritas green honing compound do a better job because have herd people rating it at 60,000 grit were I know you have rated the compound you have used in other videos at 15,000 grit

  20. kenny moore on 9 July 2017 at 10:41 am

    HI
    AND THANKS EVER SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR KNOWLEDGE.
    HOW I WISH I STARTED MAKING BEAUTIFUL ITEMS FROM WOOD YEARS AGO.
    AT SCHOOL THE SUBJECT OR CLASS I ENJOYED MOST OF ALL WAS WOOD CRAFT.
    I DONT USE WOODWORK AS I DONT SEE IT AS WORK .
    ANY HOW THANKS AGAIN FOR SHARING YOUR KNOWLEDGE, YOUR A GENIUS WITH WOOD.
    AND I LOVE YOUR YOUTUBE VIDEOS AND THEASE CLASSES ARE ACE. I HAVE MADE QUITE A GOOD FEW ITEMS FROM YOUR SHARING,THANKS EVER SO MUCH
    KIND REGARDS.
    KENNY

  21. David Lindsay on 2 November 2017 at 8:15 pm

    as a stairbuilder/handrailer, I have at least thirty spokeshave blades that I sharpen before doing the curved and twisted wreathed rails. This method is the only way to go. again, thank you Paul

  22. Carl Peterson on 16 January 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Thank you Paul and team for another informative and useful video. Using the “kiss” method works best every time without a great expense to the user.

  23. Noel Rodrigue on 30 August 2018 at 2:14 am

    Wahoo … I can use this now! I’m bringing back two spokeshaves (one old and a 151) and the contraption/tool holder shown here is the answer to a problem. I’m also trying to bring the entire blades back to ‘brilliant finish’ and holding them when doing ‘surface’ work is a different issue. Thanks for this new tool, Paul. And thanks to the crew for coming up with such good coverage of the process.

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