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Forum topic by Tony Ennis posted 03-08-2020 06:21 PM 461 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tony Ennis

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03-08-2020 06:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: draw knife drawknife

I was making some chicken roost bars from 2×2s. Wife wanted the splintery bits removed. I got a spokeshave from a friend some time back and couldn’t think of a better time to use it. It worked ok but needed sharpening. I found it was too hard to be marked by a file. Is this expected?

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#1 posted 03-08-2020 06:45 PM

Yes , you need a oil stone or a Water stone or a diamond stone in the 2000 to 8000 range. Heard of some folks using sand paper but never seen or even considered trying it:) Suppose if the blade is not to bad could strop it with some compound, but if you took a file to it way too late? A spoke shave blade should be able to shave the hair off your arm!
For what you want to do perhaps a draw knife would work better? Still needs to be sharp!

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#2 posted 03-08-2020 09:01 PM

Sharpen first. Then, don’t forget that draw knives can be used bevel up or down depending in the cut(s) required. Angled blades cut a bit better, so don’t forget that. Makes for slicing motion. Make sure that grain direction is in your favor. Trying to cut on rising grain is a no-no. Leads to tear out.
Did I say SHARPEN?

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#3 posted 03-08-2020 10:07 PM

It depends on your file but, most likely. If a file marked it, it would likely be too soft to hold an edge. Just at a guess, I’d say anything you marked with a typical file would be <50-55 Rc. For a blade, you want to be upwards of that around 60 Rc.

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#4 posted 03-10-2020 05:03 AM

During the past 18 years of raising chickens, not once has a chicken complained about splinters. If a bird decided to have an attitude, he just simmered a bit with some wine and vegetables. Delightfully good! Or slow roast.

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