Any suggestions or advice on buying a starter set of spokeshaves?
I have one of the low angle spokeshaves from Lee Valley. I like it,
and it's great for doing endgrain and outside curves. However, on
straight grain the low angle tends to make it a little prone to
tearout, and its sole is a little wide to handle many inside curves.
I'm thinking of buying a second spokeshave that's higher angle, and
more narrow for inside curves. I'm thinking of either the new Lee
Valley round spokeshaves (
http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.asp?pageI142&category=1,50230&abspage=1&ccurrency=2&SID) or possibly one of the two Lie-Nielsen spokeshaves.
Thanks in advance.
LV makes good stuff. I don't have any of their spokeshaves yet, but I do have
some of their chisels and planes, among other things, and I'm *very* pleased
I've heard they're really really good, but there probably won't be any L-N
tools in my toolbox any time soon, unless I win the lottery or something. :-(
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n email@example.com (Nate Perkins) wrote in
I bought the pair of wooden handled spokeshaves when LV first offered them
last winter. They handle different, better, than the low angle shave they
initially offered. Or maybe I got better, and was using woods better
suited to the shapes I was trying to reach.
Early last February, my wife and I drove up to the College of the Redwoods
winter student show, in Fort Bragg, CA. One of the program directors
invited us to drop by the shop, where the classes are taught. There, on
the benches, amongst the numerous handmade planes with Hock blades, were
the new shaves from Robin's team. Well received, and well used.
You could certainly do worse.
Hell, you're just a stone's throw from what's left of my family.
One on either side of you, Concord and Vallejo, across the
Sacramento Sludge Stream. I should stop by and taunt you
incessantly the next time I'm in the area. ;)
I took the Coast Starlight Express train North to there the last
time I rode it, before I'd even heard of Martinez.
Strong like ox, smart like tractor.
Will do. Is 15 minutes enough warning? <evil grinne>
It probably won't be this Christmas as I intend to make
them come up here this time, in my sister's 4x4 SUV. (Amazingly,
she got up to Lake Tahoe last Christmas during the blizzard.)
So it'll probably be mid-July.
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Thanks for the recommendation. I'll probably order a LV convex bottom
shave (or I might order the LN small convex broze shave). I'll leave
a post here after I've made a few shavings.
Tearout is an operator function. A sharp blade, slightly skewed and
minimally exposed should be fine even a bit uphill. You were going with the
I use my pair of low-angles in spoon carving, so I think I've explored about
every cutting angle possible, and they're great. Even a kid in shop class
could do end grain with them after minimum instruction, something few could
get the hang of with conventional shaves, so don't bother with "old iron,"
as it's a big downer after using the LV stuff.
My next spokeshave will be
Tearout isn't much problem except if I'm trying to shape an inside
curve (at the bottom of the curve) or if I'm on a figured wood (curly
maple). I am not an experienced spokeshave user and the low angle LV
is my first shave. I'm just now progressing to make cradle rockers
and such that are curved in 3D.
n firstname.lastname@example.org (Nate Perkins) wrote in message
Thanks for your suggestions regarding spokeshaves. Just to follow up:
I ended up getting one of the new Lee Valley spokeshaves:
These are really nice. The design of the lever cap and depth
adjustment knobs allow you to set a very shallow and controllable cut.
With a shallow cut, the mouth opening is very fine. They look
beautiful, are made very well, and are comfortable to use.
p.s. No affiliation to Lee Valley other than as an occasional
I was lucky and came across an old Stanley from about 1910. I don't
remember the model number, but it has two blades - one straight and one
While I don't have any basis for comparison, it seems to work well.
Look around at old tool dealers and auction sites. Maybe you'll get
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