I'm doing a chair and would like to saddle the seat using inshave
(needs to buy one).
Can you recommend a $50 inshave you like?
How frequent does inshave needs honing/sharpening?
And most importantly, what's the best method for sharpening inshave?
Unfortunately I'm not going to be much help here as I've never used an
inshave so can't comment on your questions.
I can say however, that if you're using tools, that this book is excellent
at helping with the sharpening aspect of just about anything:
In terms of how frequent you'll need to sharpen one of these up, that will
depend more on your situation (wood type, technique, etc) and the tool
itself to really give an accurate answer.
No - I have a few scorps, inshaves and round adzes, but I rarely use
them. Instead I use an Arbortech cutter in an angle grinder.
If you do want an inshave, then I've found the Bristol Design (pale blue
handles) tools to be good.
The Arbortech is easy to use, works on any timber (including awkwardly
grained elm) and most of all is _quick_. The downside is that it's very
quick - it can easily cut faster than you're expecting, so make
templates and check regularly. It's even worth using a template 1/4"
short for a first pass, then going over to final size.
A curved spokeshave is useful for finishing. As it has a mouth, unlike a
drawknife, it's easier to use for a thin controlled shaving.
Unfortunately the Clifton I use has handles that curve downwards too
much, limiting its use for a deep cut in a wide board.
This depends on the timber. Ideally the drawknife family are green wood
tools. The timber is soft (so a perfect edge is less crucial) and they
work by splitting ahead of the edge with a wedge action, as much as they
do by cutting (so the edge suffers less wear). This isn't to say that
you shouldn't have a sharp edge on your green tools, but it certainly
takes less effort to keep it there.
A big hand-held coarse stone, moved over a firmly clamped shave. They're
generally sharpened out-cannel (bevel out) so access is easy. If you
want to hone them, a powered leather wheel (rotating away from you,
unlike a grinder) is quick and convenient.
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