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    Spokeshave

    I have been watching the Woodwrights show. My local ETV station has recently been carrying it again.

    I have an interest in old ways of woodworking but not quite to the colonial ways. I recently saw a episode with Brian Boggs and he had a variety of spokeshaves.

    I bought an old Stanley jack plane, a 10", straight James Swan Co. drawknife, now I'd like to add a spokeshave.

    Any recommendations for a vintage model?

    TIA

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    Re: Spokeshave

    I like the Stanley 151, have 3 or 5 of them.

    I have ave several others but always pick up the 151s.



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    Re: Spokeshave

    If you can make a trip up to Ed's tool shop above the Woodwright's school in Pittsboro, he has quite a few spokeshaves at good prices and you can try them out before you buy them. Might be worth a trip.
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    Re: Spokeshave

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Davis View Post
    I like the Stanley 151, have 3 or 5 of them.

    I have ave several others but always pick up the 151s.
    I agree w/ Mike. If you're only going to have one spokeshave, make it the 151. Very versatile and easy to adjust and sharpen.

    And like Ken said, a trip to Ed's is well worth it.
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    Re: Spokeshave

    Ditto Ed Lebetkin's shop even with a road trip from Lexington, SC.

    I have this one from Lee Valley, but it's not a vintage one like Stanley. I like it a lot for concave and convex curves in one tool.

    http://www.leevalley.com/us/Wood/pag...t=1,50230&ap=1
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    Re: Spokeshave

    I have a Stanley 151 , an Arnant (red, I think this is correct) as well as the Veritas set of 3, one with a flat bottom, one curved bottom and a curved blade one. The flat bottom Veritas and the Stanley are nearly identical and both work great. The arnant works fine but the blade dulls more quickly and there is some chatter with really hard wood. I also purchased a curved back no name at woodcraft in the markdown section. It is poorly made, will not hold an edge and is essentially useless in my hands.

    I really like the curved blade Veritas but have no clue how to sharpen it and it is starting to get dull.

    I have not been very successful with the curved back one from Veritas. Just when I think I am cutting well, I get tear out or it stops cutting. I am either not using it correctly or it takes a lot of experience and skill. It,works great on soft wood like pine of poplar but I have not been successful with walnut and cherry.

    I also have an old Stanley No. 20 Compass plane. It works very good on outer curves. Inner curves are a challenge as you need to go downhill. It works great for mellow curves but sharper ones are more difficult. It also takes a while to get the curve to exacytly match the piece. Therefore, I generally grab the the Veritas flat bottom of Stanley 151 spokeshave depending upon which one is sharp as I can have very thing smooth before I can have the compass plane set up. The compass plane works very good for wider curved pieces greater than 8/4

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    Re: Spokeshave

    not vintage, but the Boggs shaves from Lie Nielson are phenomenal.

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    Re: Spokeshave

    I like the Stanley #53 as it has an adjustable mouth. Theoretically, this should help with tear-out in some situations. It lacks the screw adjusts of the #151, and closing the mouth changes the cutting geometry a little, so it is a little more difficult to master. They are usually pretty cheap on E-bay.

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