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Spokeshave Control

For these exercises you will need: 1x piece of wood approximately ¾” thick (19mm), 4” wide (100mm), 16” long (400mm) 2x 1” (25mm) panel pins (finish nails USA) Pencil Spare thin piece of wood (thin enough to bend gently without snapping) 3/16” thick (5mm), ¾” (19mm) wide, same length as your main piece of wood.…

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The Spokeshave Guide

Spokeshaves are highly versatile woodworking tools used for shaping and smoothing wood. They work similarly to bench planes, the main difference between the two is that bench planes are generally for developing straight surfaces and the spokeshave is used for creating and refining curves as it has a short sole surface, which makes it easier…

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Setting Up and Sharpening a Spokeshave

Note: Be careful when sharpening as the tools will become very sharp, always face the blade away from you when sharpening. Setting Up If your spokeshave is secondhand, check the angle of the bevelled edge using a protractor. The bevel should be no more than 30°. To set the cutting iron depth, use the two…

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Using a Spokeshave

You adjust the blade of the spokeshave to a shallow setting to produce thin shavings and adjust it to a heavier set to take thicker ones. The joy of using the spokeshave is its variable positioning, you can turn the spokeshave to get the angle you need which makes it great working with curves. Place…

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Buying a Spokeshave

PLEASE NOTE: We have noticed a discrepancy between different models of the Draper spokeshave we previously recommended. Therefore, we do not recommend buying the Draper at present. The Stanley below is performing well. You can buy a decent spokeshave for less than £20 brand new, the metal-bodied Stanley #151 style (there are many brands making…

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Arches- Stop Cut Method

For this exercise, you will need: Wood Pencil Arch Template Tenon Saw Chisel Spokeshave Card Scraper (optional) 240 Grit Sandpaper   1. Cut a template from a piece of paper and transfer the shape onto your wood (Paul uses a more permanent wooden template here).   2. Use your saw to create stop cuts about…

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Sharpening Your Hand Tools: A Beginners Guide

Learning to sharpen your tools is a useful skill to have and one which we recommend you learn early on. It will save you lots of time if you’re using well sharpened tools and you will get cleaner results too. Paul recommends learning to freehand sharpen, however you can use a honing guide to help…

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Round Rod

For this, you will need: Wood Pencil Steel Rule Brace and Bit (the size of the required round rod diameter) or a 1-inch coin Sash Clamp Bench Plane Spokeshave (flat-bottomed) Card Scraper Abrasive Paper (150 grit)     1. Once you have cut your wood to a square section, you can use a coin to…

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How to Make a Three-Legged Stool

For this project you will need: Wood: Stool Seat: 12 ¼ “ (311mm) x 12 ¼ (311mm) x 1 3/8” (35mm) This will be shaped for a finish size of 12” (305mm). You can make this up from a different combination of pieces, Paul uses 4 pieces for the top in this course Leg (x3):…

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How to Make a Tool Tote

Equipment needed: Wood: Sides x 2: 20” (508mm) x 5½ ” (140mm) x ¾ (19mm) Bottom: 20” (508mm) x 5½ ” (140mm) x ¾ (19mm) Ends x 2: 16” (406mm) x 5½ ” (140mm) x ¾ (19mm) Handle: 1″ (25mm) dowel 20″ (508mm) long Pegs: ¾” (19mm) x 2” (51mm) Plane Spokeshave Gauge Knife Steel…

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