Wooden Spokeshave




Introduction: Wooden Spokeshave

I have always had in mind to build a wooden spokeshave. Al last I have decided to make one myself with one kit of Veritas and the result has been fully satisfactory.

In this video I show you the step by step.

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Step 1: Tools and Materials



Step 2: Preparing the Main Piece

I selected a beech wood blank and cut it to size 11" x 1 1/2" x 7/8" ( 27,94mm x 38mm x 23mm) leaving the piece completely smooth on all sides.

Step 3: Transfer the Drawings

Use a pencil to mark to mark the center of the length of your blank and draw line all the way around the blank.

Use the included templates to transfer the top and size contours of the spokeshave onto the top and the side of your hardwood blank.

Step 4: Holes for the Blade

Draw a line along the bottom of the blank 1" (25,4mm) from the front edge.

Then from the center line, make a mark 1 13/16" (46,1mm) to one side of the center line and the with the blade mark the other hole location.

Step 5: Tap the Holes

Thread the adjustment thumb wheels into the top of the blank and then insert the screw posts and blade into the bottom of the blank.

Step 6: The Recess for the Blade

Once the blade placed, use a sharp making knife to score the outline of the blade onto the botton of the blank (I recommend to use a knife for it better than a pencil for more precise results and getting the best possible fit of the blade).

Remove the blade and using a square extend the lines and then mark the back and front edges.

Step 7: Mark the Back and Front Edges of the Piece

With the help of a gauge mark a horizontal line 1/32" (0,8mm) from the bottom edge of the blank on the front side and then planing down to the line, tilting the plane 3º to 4º.

Step 8: Cut the Piece

With a Japanese saw I made a series of parallel cuts from one edge to the other as per photographs to cut the ware and I removed the waste with a chisel.

Step 9: Cutting the Recess for the Blade

With the help of a chisel cut the lines that were scored around the blade where will be inserted the blade included in the kit.

Step 10: Brass Strip

Cut the brass strip in half, one half has to be at least 2 7/8" long (the other piece is spare). With a file, bevel one long edge of one strip too 45º.

Drill the 2 holes on the brass (the hole placement is no critical) and then install it. When a good fit has been achieved, firmly clamp the brass strip to the stock inserting the screws.

Step 11: Shaping the Spokeshave

Remove all the hardware components (except the brass strip) and with the help of a fret saw cut the profiles of the handle.

Draw the finished contour of the handle onto the end of each handle; it is roughly the shape of an eye and shape it.

Step 12: Wooden Finish and Final Assembly

Finally, I apply wax to all the pieces and assemble them.



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17 Discussions

Wow, I like that! Very nice!

Beautiful workmanship on the piece and very nice Instructable. I like the beech and brass look. I think you need a matching handmade scraper plane!

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I haven't got that type of plane but later I would like to build one, thank you very much for your comment!!

As someone who clearly appreciates hand woodworking, you'd enjoy using a scraper plane (or even just a hand scraper ). Have a look at the no. 80 Stanley Scraper plane and you'll see why I thought of it looking at your spokeshave.. here's a good article.. https://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/chris-schwarz-blog/cheap-thrills-the-no-80-cabinet-scraper

cheers and thanks for the nice insructable.. -Rich

I have just read the article and I have liked it. I'm going to search in the internet if I find it at a good price, thanks for the advice!!


9 months ago

Very nice video!

Would it make better sense to 3D print the wooden part?

It would be quick, easy and precise.

If you'd like, I could help you make them.

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No 3d print I know of will take the forces you need to apply to the spokeshave without bending too badly to work. There are thin sections around the blade area. Wood is much better material.

The truth is that I'm very curious about the 3D word, but I do not know much about it yet. Although hand woodworking for me is very gratifying. Thank you very much for your advice and for your help!!

You should make sure Lee Valley get a link to this here. Its better than their instructions. I used a CNC mill to make mine !

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Interesting idea hahaha, I'll think about sending them the link!!! How was the result with CNC? Do you have photos?? Thanks for your comment!!

Still needs finishing - the project I bought it for collapsed, so there was no pressing need.

great work on the video! By the way, I’d recommend the Lee Valley bench plane kit too. You could do another video building that! :)

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Thank you for the recommendation, I take note because I have enjoyed a lot building it, thanks!!

Great work. The video was very enjoyable, and I really like your sanding saw

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