This style of spoke shave:

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This style of spoke shave:

Post by david77 » Sun Mar 07, 2021 8:09 pm

Hi, first time posting!

I'm a minimal tool enthusiast who enjoys having a super lightweight tool kit!

It 'may' have something to do with the fact me and my gf live together in 21 square metres!

Looking at getting a spokeshave, an adjustable sort. Something super small (smaller than a box or jack plane) that will allow me to smooth a sawn end of a plank, or, the side of a bit of wood. Just looking to straighten stuff.

I am 100% committed to the 'homemade' look, and as naturally a box plane would suit the more exact results, and that I dont even own a vice / clamps / horse to hold stuff, I thought a draw plane would work well enough to at least have a go!

So, my question is...

How easy is it to straighten a wobbly plank of wood with a spokeshave and no vice? Doable, right?

Also this below in the picture ... 1196.m2219

These look super cheap, but, is the design not quite a good idea?

Otherwise, a cheap jack plane in the smallest size is my backup plan.


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Re: This style of spoke shave:

Post by thekarter » Thu Mar 11, 2021 9:00 am

How easy is it to straighten a wobbly plank of wood with a spoke shave and no vice? Doable, right?
I would think just about impossible.
The ones that you show are from China which is fine for some things but IMHO not for anything which cuts. In general the steel is of very poor quality.
Spoke shaves are not designed to make wood flat.
A small block plane may do the job but you have to hold the wood in something.

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