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Project by rwyoung posted 03-14-2010 02:58 AM 3828 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought the large, low angle, spokeshave kit from Lee Valley a while back. Been setting on the counter long enough. Decided it was time to make the spoke shave. I picked out a chunk of hububalli (snakewood) and some rosewood to prep some blanks. Ended up making four blanks just in case I goofed. The hububalli worked quite well and I’ll play with the shave for a while before I pass judgement.

The stock prep was by hand to bring down the hububalli and rosewood from 1” to 7/8”. Some work involved but not bad. The only other power tools were the tablesaw to rip the blanks, drill press to make sure I had the shank holes plumb and a quick touch to the oscillating spindle sander after rough shaping the handles. The rough shape was done by sawing down to a line and knocking out chunks with a chisel. Likewise the “ware” was cut the same way. Then some fine paring to clean up a bit, hit the sander for the curves to clean and finally back to some light chisel work and the card scraper to finish.

Seems to be working fine but since this is my first spoke shave I keep loosing the attack angle for fine cuts. Just need to practice more. :)

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#1 posted 03-14-2010 05:19 AM

I’ve been thinking about purchasing the Lee Valley kit. Does the kit come with a template for shaping or did you just go by what felt right? It looks great. I like that wood. I really like that cool red streak in it. Also, what type of finish did you apply?

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#2 posted 03-14-2010 05:33 AM

The kit comes with a template for a suggested shape. I started with that and just fiddled with it until it felt good to me.

The finish is “Maloof Magic”, equal parts boiled linseed oild (BLO), turpentine and beeswax. I keep this stuff mixed up in a mason jar for shop project finishes. While it isn’t tough like poly would be, it gives a little protection from sweat and what not and the beeswax feels good. It doesn’t seem to be slippery like paste wax.

Right now, just one coat. I’ll probably dunk it a few more times in the coming weeks. But I wanted to PLAY!

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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John Gray

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#3 posted 03-14-2010 05:57 AM

Great job!!! Thanks for the post!!!
Got one on my wish list for Lee Valley.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Glen Peterson

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#4 posted 03-14-2010 06:26 AM

Very nice. I love shop made tools. Can you adjust the blade depth by using the thumb screws?

-- Glen

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#5 posted 03-14-2010 01:04 PM

I made one years ago, & it’s one of my favorites. Keep practicing with it, it will work well.

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#6 posted 03-14-2010 01:19 PM

@Glen Peterson -
Yes, the blade depth is adjusted by the larger nut and the smaller top nut locks it.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#7 posted 03-14-2010 01:59 PM

Rob,, saw it here and on the 207… You have been busy…. Nice job on the Spokeshave. I love that wood. Have fun making some Spokes.


-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#8 posted 03-21-2010 10:23 PM

home made tools is the best
it give a very speciel feeling
when you work with them


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#9 posted 04-04-2010 02:57 PM

very good work!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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