Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'spokeshave'

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Why Do This?! - The Hand Tool Effect

07-03-2020 02:27 PM by Tom | 22 comments »

This is perhaps one of the silliest things that I have done recently. I needed a dust brush to keep with my Moravian workbench to sweep away shavings and sawdust. I found one at the home center for only a few bucks. It was obviously cheaply made but at least it was made of wood and had the appearance of natural bristles. The handle is poorly shaped and finished. It is basically just a flat piece of wood in the shape of a handle with the corners eased a bit. Very little effort was ...

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Kitchen Island Project #6: Curves and things

06-12-2020 02:41 AM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Letting the new lumber sit a few days….that divider panel is out of the clamps. Ends squared up, one edge trimmed for width..both faces flattened and smooth…set aside for a bit. Long aprons needed a curve to them… Laid it out, just 3 nails and a scrap of bendy Ash. Bandsaw to try to cut to the line….got close, laid out the second one, and cut it. Blade is getting dull…, clamp the 2 aprons together in the vise, and give a spokeshave a try Trying...

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Building a brace till #7: Reinforcement part ii

05-15-2020 09:52 PM by Dave Polaschek | 8 comments »

Time to reinforce the other side of the rack that’ll carry the braces. As you might remember, the grain in the pine board that makes up the core of the rack runs left to right, which means that the grooves cut to hold the braces weaken the board, leaving tongues which can easily snap off. I reinforced the bottom of these tongues with strips of walnut. For a more finished look, I’m reinforcing the top with some 1/8” bubinga veneer, with the grain running front to back. Rather than attempt t...

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Building a brace till #6: Cleanup and test fitting

05-13-2020 09:15 PM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

I started my shop time today cleaning up the walnut I glued to the pine rack for the braces. I used a spokeshave to get the lengths consistent and round over the ends, as well as to surface plane the walnut. If I skew it enough, nearly 45 degrees in some cases, I could plane even against the grain and get it fairly smooth. With those smoothed, I wanted to clean up a few spots of tear-out, plus remove the pencil lines that were still on the pine. I cut a card scraper to make a narro...

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Building a Benchtop Shave Horse

04-04-2020 01:45 PM by WoodshopTherapy | 0 comments »

Last weekend I shared a video on making a spokeshave holder. This weekend, you can see my shave horse build. I have a small workshop, so I use a benchtop shave horse that works just as well as a traditional shave horse, but it doesn’t take up a lot of space in the shop. YouTube video – Plans are available at

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Spokeshave and Draw Knife Holder for Tool Cabinet

03-28-2020 07:06 PM by WoodshopTherapy | 2 comments »

I’m starting to make the tool holders in my new tool cabinet. I made a video showing how I laid out the spokeshave and draw knife holder. It was a balance of function and making it look nice for displaying my tools. If you have questions, feel free to add a comment and I’ll respond to you. What do you think?

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Hand Tool Display Wall

03-16-2020 01:36 AM by Jeff100 | 8 comments »

So is it just me or when I hear the words “self quarantine”, I also hear “Perfect time for a big shop project!!” I am in deperate need of a new tool wall. The last one was just a pallet hung up on the wall with screws and nails hanging what all i could fit. Well, as the collection of hand tools grows, the wall needed to get bigger and better organized. And so it begins, Here’s roughly what needs to get hung up, all in specially designated holders ...

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Ukulele #3: Back and neck install

12-07-2018 09:58 AM by Fchilly | 2 comments »

I sanded the uke and laid out the bridge location and installed it. This was very easy with the fretboard already glued in place, and the back not installed yet. After shaping the braces and prepping the neck joint i was able to move on to final installation of the remaining components. Before glueing the neck or back, I set my router a tad shallow and cut clearance for the back’s binding just in the area my router wouldnt reach later rightnear the neck. I glued the neck into place a...

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Leather crafted woodworking tool accessories #4: Spokeshave cover

02-27-2018 12:41 AM by ChrisinOttawa | 1 comment »

Fun and not hard to fabricate. The leather protects the blade edge if the tool gets abused.

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Using a Router and Hand Tools to Shape a Seat.

01-10-2018 04:51 PM by davemoorefurniture | 3 comments »

I’ve used routers many times to do the bulk removal of wood when shaping a solid seat. But, I’ve never done it totally freehand like I do in this video. In the past I’ve made large patterns that a router-on-sled would follow with a collar. Each subsequent pattern requires a different depth of cut and what you end up with is something that reminds me of the tiers of a quarry that undulate along the natural path of the topography, concentrically. It really makes you fe...

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