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Tips for using a spokeshave

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practice with spokeshave As the spokeshave can be a difficult tool to master, it is important to practice before you begin using it in earnest.

The following are some tips on how to go about using the spokeshave.

Push or pull stroke?

push or pull stroke for spokeshave Whether you push or pull your spokeshave comes down to what works best for you in the end, but some advise to use the pull stroke when going downhill and the push stroke uphill.

Others would advise to always use the pull stroke. Practice and use the one which you feel gives you the most control. It may be necessary to mix them up for different applications.

Starting the cut

skew cut approach with spokeshave The beginning of the stroke can be the most difficult part and you may see the wood tearing out straight away

To avoid this, approach with the spokeshave blade at an angle and start the cut that way: skewed.

Maintaining the cut

maintaining spokeshave cut Keep the spokeshave steady and remember: balance over speed.

Spokeshaves are a precision finishing tool, which means they need to be used with patience and care. Do not rush yourself. The handles will help you feel the orientation of the tool.

Tilting the sole

round spokeshave A round spokeshave requires you to tilt the tool forward on to the front of the sole.

This engages the blade with the work piece.

Uneven blade

thin and thick wood shavings If you have chosen to have the blade uneven, for a deeper cut on one side, then you will need to move the spokeshave off centre depending on which side has the blade lower. The same applies for a thinner cut. The side you wish to use should be in contact with the work piece and can slide from side-to-side as required.