Veritas low angles are superb. I am a former user of the patterns
reproduced by LN, and though the LNs are undoubtedly of better quality (the
planes are), the design is inferior in my opinion to the LV low angles.
Would I have said it if I didn't think so?
My acid test for usability is always the same - HS IA students. Those
kids learned to pull a shaving off of end grain with the LV shaves in ten
minutes or less. If I open 'em up a bit, I can hog green cherry so fast I
hardly even reach for my drawknife any more. The geometry of the shave when
used for concave curves could be better. You have to pitch the handles up
until you grab a shaving, where, if it were an exclusively curved, they
could pitch the rear up for a more natural grip.
When I'm lazy, I won't even bother to grip the piece in the shavehorse,
preferring to use the shave one-handed, while holding the piece with the
other. With a 1/8" A2 iron, it's going to cut anything without chatter.
There's another thread going on about making low-angle shaves, but they are
of the older wedged adjustment pattern which is a bit more slippy than the
Veritas, and in my experience, more prone to chatter as well.
Just a quick note, you can buy Hock spokeshave blades and make your own real
As for convex and concave spokeshaves, I have the Cliftons, excellent
weight, not much work to get them tuned up, and beautiful to work with.
If anyone wants plans for spokeshave bodies, that work with Ron Hock's
spokeshave blades, let me know, I'll work on posting some.
I'd love to have some plans for making my own spokeshaves, I've been wanting
a set for awhile now but they haven't hit the top of my priority list yet so
I'm still waiting, but this might do it for me :)
You have also what to check the article John Gunterman (formerly known as
Spokeshave) has on his web site:
Buffalo, NY - USA
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That would be a nice idea. I have a very cheap cast something
spokeshave body which isn't too bad.
It is the only I've ever used though. But I keep thinking that I
could likely make something better.
Many thanks for your response. I have not
really thought too much about making my
own but you have given me some food
for thought. I would love to see the
plans that you have - there are some at
as others have pointed out in recent posts
to this thread.
Yes I have been tempted by the Cliftons.
My local S/H tool shop
has some that I have been drooling over
for weeks. Your post will probably tip me
over the edge at the weekend :-)
Do you have any experience with the L-N
and Veritas versions?
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