The spokeshave kit offers woodworkers and furnituremakers a choice between purchasing the tool ready-to-use, and making their own to the same standard, but at a lower cost.
- Hard maple block, (CNC) machined to accept the blade and depth setting grub screws.
- Hock blade – high carbon steel blade hardened to Rc 62 (see www.hocktools.com).
- Two depth-adjusting set screws, with Allen key.
- Brass wear-plate and brass screws to be fixed in front of blade
- Instructions for making the spokeshave
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The Windsor Workshop spokeshave kits
Unlike other kits on the market the wood block has already been machined to accept the blade and set-screws. This leaves the maker to shape the block and to fit the brass wear plate. A range of different shapes can be successful.
Alternative plans for ejecting shavings for wooden spokeshave kits.
Two options are given for ejecting the shavings: shavings ejected to the rear of the tool; and TWW’s preferred shape where the shavings emerge from the top of the tool.
The advantages of this latter design is that the back of the tool remains entire giving a comfortable surface on which thumbs/fingers can push/pull; also the back of the blade is supported by the body of the tool over its full length minimising the tendency to chatter.
Making a spokeshave
Spokeshaves are most effective when held lightly, with fingers and thumbs directly in front of and behind the blade. This gives the user maximum feedback from the blade, of how it is cutting through the wood, allowing immediate and instinctive adjustments to be made.
The kits give the maker considerable scope for imagination in shaping the block, allowing him to create a personalised tool.
No previous experience is necessary to successfully complete a Windsor chair making course and yet experienced woodworkers will still be fully challenged. Individual guidance and assistance will be provided as appropriate, and every effort will be made to ensure a rewarding and enjoyable course.
Written by James Mursell, this book was the first new book about the making and design of Windsor chairs for over 10 years. It was written with a broad readership in mind and is aimed at existing Windsor chair makers and also at those who are contemplating making their first chair.
Ben Orford makes the blades for my travishers.
Watch his short video about this great tool and the uses it can be put to.