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How to hold a spokeshave?

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incorrectly holding spokeshave by handles A spokeshave’s handles are not used for gripping, the tool is held around the body instead.
spokeshave facing user to pull and away to push The orientation of the spokeshave depends on whether you are going to push or pull the tool to make the cut. For pulling, the spokeshave should be facing you and for pushing, it should be facing away from you.

To push…

pushing grip for spokeshave Place your thumbs on the base at the back of the body and wrap your fingers around the front. The thumb and forefinger provide most of the grip and the rest of your fingers, spreading out towards the end of the handles, provide balance and extra control.

To pull…

grip for pulling spokeshave Place your thumbs on the base at the front of the body and wrap your fingers around the back. The thumb and forefinger provide most of the grip and the rest of your fingers, spreading out towards the end of the handles, provide balance and extra control.