Building the Spokeshave – Part 2

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5 thoughts on “Building the Spokeshave – Part 2

  1. Of all the tools I can say I like the spokeshave the most, I guess because it’s the most least exhurting, easiest and fun tool to use. I’ve noticed you are using a metal square, in the past you mostly used your wooden ones. Great video Bob I hope you keep making new ones regularly.

    • Yeah, I have the little metal square for really small stuff like this. I don’t use it on furniture sized projects because it’s too small. But I like it for small work like the shave.

      I don’t know about making videos regularly, but I guess that depends on your definition of regularly 🙂 . I do plan to make them once in awhile when I can squeeze one in though. I do have something that I’m working on, but it’s not ready yet.

      • I know it’s tough making videos, all the editing and uploading is just time consuming but it’s an important part of who we are to pass on this knowledge the good Lord has given to us and I must say I should practice what I preach but I have done so in the past more times than I can think of. Which brings me to think of a Stanley hand plane that Paul Sellers made, it’s an amazing bit of work and I too am curious as to how he made it. What is it all shaped from a single block of wood or what is it two part either way it does look cool.

        I’m still having issues with moulding planes on end grain, sometimes I get tearout other times I don’t, sharpening is the hardest for me because I try to get it razor like I do with my planes. At one stage I glued a bit sand paper wet’n’dry to a mouldered bit of wood and sharpened that way. Sure it worked like a dream till Paul said don’t do it often because you’ll take the shape out of the blade so I stopped but I don’t see how it would take it out, but who am I to argue with a man of 50years experience.

        On another point of raised panels my skewed rabbet plane with an angled fence is doing a mighty fine job. Tomorrow I’ll be making another panel but on timber with reversed grain and you know that this will be nerve racking so I will sharpen the blade to split a hair. The only thing I’m not looking forward too and I hope you can give me some pointers is in setting up the blade correctly. This is a veritas skewed type and the blade must protrude on one side by the thickness of a sheet of paper and be parallel to the sole. I have literally spent hours trying to accomplish this task correctly. Many people claim that these planes do not create squared rabbets but I know if the blade isn’t setup absolutely correctly then it won’t. So do you by any chance know how I can do this in a short amount of time, is there a quick fool proof meethod?

        • I haven’t used the Veritas plane so I really can’t comment on that plane specifically. I just usually eyeball mine. But if it needs to be really accurate, take a really thin stick of wood, like a mixing stick, and run it over each side of the blade by hand. Adjust until the shaving is about the same thickness. That should get you as close as you need to be.

          • Thanks Bob a bit too late I did use that method funny you mentioned it though, when you think about it woodworking is all about logic well for me it is anyhow.

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