New sole on old wood spoke shave

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Project by mafe posted 02-25-2020 11:53 AM 1825 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

New sole on old wood spoke shave
Should it stay or should it go?

Here’s a quick one, from this summer.
I’m sure I’m not the only one, who have some old tools you just like a lot… Once in a while you have to admit, they are simply worn out… I got tired of using this again and again out of love and then dig into the wood, due to the fact, that the sole was so worn out it had become round…
Should it stay or should it go?
If the blade has been sharpened too much, trash it, at one point it will make sense no more, but here it was the wood that was worn out, so I had two options, make a new handle or fix it.
I decided to bring back life to it, so it can be used again, while I was in my friend Ty’s allotment house.
The worn piece were cut out, then some hard wood were dovetailed into the old handle, some wood dye, just to make them blend in together, while the new patina builds up, finally linseed oil and wax.

1. The spoke shave with new sole.
2. Cutting a piece of hard wood.
3. Look how worn that sole is.
4. New wood in place.
5. Cleaning up edges.
6. Here you can see how it was dovetailed in, so it will stay in place.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or even better, new life to some old spoke shaves.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

10 comments so far

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#1 posted 02-25-2020 12:04 PM

Well done, my dear friend!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 02-25-2020 02:09 PM

Nice repair Mafe. Looks old, which as we know is better than new ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 02-25-2020 02:44 PM

A nice restoration.

I haven’t worn out any of my wooden spokeshaves yet, but I only started making them recently, and I used fairly hard woods (harder to work, but hopefully worth the effort) like ipe and katalox. I do have a piece of ebony set aside to box a worn-out wooden plane, though…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 02-25-2020 03:12 PM

Very nice old school collection of tools…. good saving and refurbish

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 02-25-2020 09:14 PM

Very well done. It’s nice to see a good tool being valued and restored.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 02-26-2020 01:04 AM

Very good.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 02-28-2020 07:59 PM

Nice work, Mads!! You sure have a great collection of hand tools.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 02-29-2020 10:21 AM

Jim, thank you, I try to make them usefull and be used, so they don’t become a collection but tools. Laugh.
Joe, smiles.
Druid, it always make me happy to bring life back to an old tool and then hope it will get a second and third life. Thanks.
Ivan, big smile thank you.
Dave P, yes we will probably not wear any out, this one is and old English craftsmans tool and one have no doubt, it has been used professionally, perhaps for many hours every day, for a decade or so. It’s what I love about these old tools, to see history imprinted in the wear.
swirt, big smile and laugh, yes nothing beat a well used tool, full of lived life and a feel of being able to take the beating.
Lew, thank you my dear friend.
Best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#9 posted 03-01-2020 01:06 AM

Mads – Does that spokeshave have an oriental “chop” mark? (on the right in photo #5)


-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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#10 posted 03-02-2020 08:40 PM

Phil, thats my brand,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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