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All started with a visit to some In Laws(Outlaws?) they had a simple carved Shoe Horn that an uncle makes, worked real well and I thought that should be easy to make. Well his was made from Aspen but as smart as I am thought hey lots of Oak cut offs let’s use that! Carving is not high on my list of talents but for some reason (only carving class I took they used Basswood, maybe a clue)I just kept think about Mafe and how he would do it? Started with a Krenov coopering plane which worked quite well for a while, then switched to some hook knives, they also worked but very slow and difficult with the Oak, think splinters.
Then some gouges, more control but still similar problems, finally smoothed the mess out with an assortment of Rasps and much to my disappointment some Sandpaper:( After the Concave was finished the Convex and handle were hacked out with some Kunz spokeshaves that had yet to find a purpose, They get a 5 star review!
(always used my little brass Lie Nielsen)
Some more sanding, couple rubs of dark Shellac and a final coat of paste wax and calling it done.
Wife already wants more made, time to find some softer wood, think I have have some Maple and Birch scraps, come to think about it where are those Hickory boards I picked up a few years ago?
Thank You Mafe for mostly good thoughts:)

(Just wonder, anyway that shaper might speed things up???)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.





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John

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#1 posted 06-21-2020 02:11 AM

The Oak looks real good for the Shoe Horn Andre. How long is it?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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Andre

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#2 posted 06-21-2020 02:17 AM



The Oak looks real good for the Shoe Horn Andre. How long is it?

- John

About 24”

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 06-21-2020 02:39 AM

Nice! I’ve got a couple shoehorns on my todo list, but they’re pretty far out. Maybe have them done for Christmas. Glad to see someone else getting them done to remind me.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Andre

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#4 posted 06-21-2020 02:55 PM



Nice! I’ve got a couple shoehorns on my todo list, but they’re pretty far out. Maybe have them done for Christmas. Glad to see someone else getting them done to remind me.

- Dave Polaschek

No problem, have done a few on the lathe with the brass kits but found the brass to soft and bent way to easy!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Brit

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#5 posted 06-25-2020 03:05 PM

Nicely done Andre. I’ve never been disciplined enough to use shoe horns personally and if you find you’re the same, they also make decent back scratchers.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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