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Offline Joelm

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Spokeshave
« on: February 10, 2021, 07:38 PM »
Hi everyone, I've been on a hand tool buying kick lately and am now looking at getting my first spokeshave. With the pandemic and low stock I'm having a hard time finding a good quality one.  Lee Valley is put for a few months. Lie Nielsen's Boggs Flat Spokeshave is sold out as well.
Would the Lie Nielsen Small Bronze Spokeshave be a good spokeshave to start with or would it be too small?
I almost bought a super cheap Amazon one but would hate to buy a dud that I have to fight with. I'd rather get something that works out of the box and is a joy to use.
Are there any other makers out there that make quality spokeshaves and preferably have them in stock?

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Offline Holzhacker

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Re: Spokeshave
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2021, 08:22 PM »
Prowl craigslist, you'd be amazed at the cool old odd tools that pop up.
You could also try flea bay. Nice tools pop up but I don't know what some of those bidders are thinking price wise. Its crazy how high some stuff goes.
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Offline Joelm

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Re: Spokeshave
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2021, 04:49 PM »
Thanks for the replies.

I decided to try out a kit. LV had them in stock so ill try shaping my own handle.

Only problem was I didn't have a rasp. So I've also ordered a hand stitched rasp to go with my spokeshave kit.

Offline Joelm

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Re: Spokeshave
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2021, 08:57 PM »
I thought I'd post an update. The spokeshave kit was out of stock. So I did find a Vintage Seymour Smith & Son Spokeshave on Ebay that I ordered. Then my spokeshave kit showed up the next day while I was waiting for my ebay order to arrive. On Saturday I opened the kit and went through the instructions. Nice and detailed but it called for exact holes using a drill press (which I don't have yet). So I thought I'd look up Lee Valley again and drool over their spokeshaves. Low and behold the site said that the spokeshaves were back in stock! So I quickly ordered it. It arrived a few days ago and it is a blast! I decided to try my hand as spoons with scraps from my coffee table build. Here are the first spoons I made with my spokeshave (with help from a gouge and rasp).
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I'm really enjoying making spoons. I've been a sculptor for the past 20 years and this feels like a natural extension of my skills. I think I'll need to work on a different work holding solution though, standing upright at my MFT for a few hours each night is killing my back. I think one of my next builds will be some kind of shavehorse with a spoon mule.

Offline waho6o9

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Re: Spokeshave
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2021, 11:40 PM »
Good looking spoons!
Thanks for the update