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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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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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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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…

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These exercises will work on your control of the flat-bottomed spokeshave and establish good patterns for continuously reading the grain: Convex and Concave Chamfer Stop- Chamfer Rounded Edge- End Grain Rounded Corner- Along the Grain For these exercises you will need: 1x piece of wood approximately ¾” thick (19mm), 4” wide (100mm), 16” long (400mm)…

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This exercise will help you to remove large amounts of material using the stop cut method. It requires accurate reading of the grain and a sharp chisel. 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…

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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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Commonly mistaken for an oversized spokeshave, the #80 scraper slices the wood in a similar way to, but not the same as, a plane. Despite the tool’s name, the scraper does not scrape as such but cuts ultra fine shavings. This double handled tool is used in a push motion to remove very fine…

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…to help you on the road to sharpening your tools!
Click one of the options below to jump to each section:
Sharpening a Chisel
Sharpening a Plane
Sharpening a Saw
Sharpening a Spokeshave
Sharpening a Knife
Sharpening a Gouge
Sharpening a Brace Bit
Sharpening a Card Scraper
Sharpening a Plough Plane
Sharpening a #80 Scraper
Sharpening a Router Plane
Sharpening a Chisel
Our beginner friendly guide walks you…

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Roundovers are used on edges that have the potential to wear, splinter and break with use. Rounding these edges or corners gives you a more solid and resistant structure. Here a plane works well instead of a spokeshave as it has a longer sole to register on the wood. Also spokeshaves tend to follow any…

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