Spokeshaves

abovc Convex/concave spokeshave

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Cap iron

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Cap iron above: Flat-bottomed spokeshave for working concave surfaces above: Flat-bottomed spokeshave for working concave surfaces

tool and pull it like a drawknife. No matter how the spokeshave is held, or what type you are using, the one constant is that you always work with the grain, or you might say downhill.

the wood.

above: Following the grain downhill.

The spokeshave is essentially a short-soled plane with a winged handle at each side. It is designed primarily to shave and shape the edges of thin-section wood. If you need to shave the edge of a tabic top or sculpt the edge of a fancy curved shelf or bracket, then this is the tool for the job. The key words are "shave" and "thin wood." There are four basic forms: the traditional wooden version with a beech stock and a straight-tanged cutter; an all-metal version with a straight blade that might or might not have a screw adjustment; an all-metal version designed to shave a convex section; and an all-metal version designed to shave a concave or hollow section. The basic working procedure is to hold the above: Following the grain downhill.

tool and pull it like a drawknife. No matter how the spokeshave is held, or what type you are using, the one constant is that you always work with the grain, or you might say downhill.

spokeshave in both hands, set it across the thickness of the wood at a right angle and then push like a plane. However, in some situations, it is an advantage to skew the spokeshavc across the wood so as to make a shearing or slicing cut and/or reverse the the wood.

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