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How to use a spokeshave

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using a spokeshave The method for using a spokeshave is simple but to get it right is tricky and requires a lot of practice. These are the basic steps for both the push and pull stroke using a spokeshave. Before you begin, you should read the Tips on using a spokeshave page.

For the pull stroke…

grip spokeshave for pull stroke

Step 1- Hold spokeshave

Grip the spokeshave accordingly.

See:  How to hold a spokeshave?

place spokeshave sole on work piece

Step 2- Place sole on workpiece

Place the sole of the spokeshave onto the top of the workpiece.

pull spokeshave towards you

Step 3 –  Pull spokeshave

Pull the spokeshave towards you, along the workpiece, applying slight downward pressure and using your hands to feel the balance of the tool. Repeat this action until you have the desired shape.

For the push stroke…

holding spokeshave for push stroke

Step 1- Hold spokeshave

Grip the spokeshave accordingly.

See: How to hold a spokeshave?

place spokeshave on workpiece

Step 2- Place sole on workpiece

Lay the spokeshave sole down on to the workpiece.

push spokeshave along wood

Step 3-  Push spokeshave

Push the spokeshave away from you, along the workpiece, applying slight downward pressure and using your hands to feel the balance of the tool. Repeat this action until you have the desired shape.