Using a Wooden Spokeshave

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Wooden spokeshaves may seem like they’ve been superseded, but they are very useful in the day to day of woodworking.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.

See how to make your own wooden spokeshave with adjustment screws here.

To make the Poor Man’s Spokeshave, see the series on YouTube. The section on making the blade is identical for each.


  1. Steve McGonigle on 8 August 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Wonderful as ever 🙂

  2. António on 8 August 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Thank You WWMC team!
    The excitement on this spokeshave series is contagious!
    Thank You! Thank you!

  3. Ann Shaw on 8 August 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I’ve been using a wooden spokeshave for a couple of years now (proper old school with tangs) and love it so much I would dive into shark infested waters to rescue it. I started using it exclusively with a pull stroke but have recently managed the push stroke as well. One of my favourite tools.

  4. David Marienau on 8 August 2017 at 6:32 pm

    I really enjoy these videos that demonstrate using various tools. Many thanks.

  5. Carlos M. Zaccaro on 8 August 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Great!!! tks!!!

  6. Kjord on 11 August 2017 at 6:45 am

    Thanks for this video! Got my first wooden spokeshave 30 years ago. Absolutely one of my favorite tools to use-roughing and smoothing. This and an eggbeater drill were the first of my tools my children would pick up and use-they could peel long shavings from a piece of pine and turn square into round-they’re grown now, but even those not working wood now will still pick one up when they come out into my shop. Wonderful tool!!!

  7. Matt Vredenburg on 14 August 2017 at 2:36 am

    Thank you.

  8. peterjonespipeorgans on 22 August 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Excellent video. Many thanks.

  9. Jarno Mattila on 23 August 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Could you kindly give me some advice for making the blade for a wooden spokeshave?

    • Jarno Mattila on 23 August 2017 at 9:06 pm

      Oops, I didnt notice that you also have a video for making a wooden spokeshave..

  10. David B on 8 September 2017 at 5:13 pm

    This may come out as a dumb statement but it wasn’t until I finished making my first wooden spokeshave that it dawned on me that my metal Record spokeshave (and I assume metal spokeshaves in general) is a bevel-down plane while the wooden spokeshave is a bevel-up plane.

  11. SharpPencil on 5 October 2018 at 4:14 pm

    I am clearing out my tools and selling 5 wooden spokeshaves on eBay

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