I recently picked up a very old spokeshave at an auction (basically
similar to LV's "contour plane", but shaped more like their "low angle
spokeshave"). What a treat - it works beautifully! It was quite sharp
and adjusted well when I got it, and it already helped me smooth the
inside of a curve on my bed project. What more can I ask for $5?
Anyway, the body is partly cracked, and although I might be able to
glue/screw it back together, I don't really consider that a permanent
solution. It's not cracked all the way through, and I can sort of hold
it together while I'm using it for now, but I don't want to have to
always worry about that either.
So I'm thinking it would be possible to fashion a new wooden body, and
use the old blade. However, the blade is held in place with square
"tangs" that friction-fit into square holes in the body. How would I
drill a small (maybe 1/8"? I haven't measured) square hole? Or would a
(smaller) round hole work?
Am I being way too cheap with this old mostly-broken spokeshave, and I
should just get one of LV's "contour planes" for $13, or if I'm carving
a body anyway, one of LV's spokeshave hardware kits for $30? Their
spiffy new spokeshaves (low angle or the $75 one) sure look nice, but
I'd rather save my plane money for something else that says LV or LN...
So, how do I drill a square hole, or would it not be worth my time?