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Hi folks, I'm getting ready to work on my first chair that'll require curved work (shaping spindles, arm rests). After a bit of reading I'm going with a wooden low angle spoke shave to handle flat/concave/convex as I'm less inclined to buy two metal shaves (flat/round) and am not planning to work with difficult grain wood which bevel down spokeshaves seem to excel at..

With that said, I was wondering if folks had recommendations for a lifetime quality versatile wooden spokeshave for both hard/softwoods, and pretty good-finish and heavy shaping work.

As of now, I'm looking at:
1) WoodJoy's offerings, particularly the Master Spokeshave and the Livingston Spokeshave
http://www.woodjoytools.com/spokeshaves/

2.) James Mursell's medium spokeshave
http://www.woodenspokeshave.com/spokeshaves/medium/

Any thoughts/recommendations would be appreciated.
Thanks!
 

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Thanks for the pointer, I remember I saw your post when you first shared it. I've been seriously considering the Lee Valley set too, I have some doubts that I can create a good piece or even know if I mess it up since I won't have anything to compare it too. But it's definitely in the running, if not now, definitely for my second spokeshave.

If you are interested in making part of the tool (the wood handle) Lee Valley sells kits. Hock and a few others sell kits as well. My project description, with pics, is here http://lumberjocks.com/projects/96406 There is also Dave s Shaves. I don t have any experience with them or the one s you listed. I know my LV kit shave works great. I suspect you will find the need for both curved and flat bottom shaves to do flat/convex/concave.

- OSU55
 
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