- Wood: Hard Maple
- Dimensions: 8.5″ x 1″ x 5/8″
- Blade Length: 1.5″
(Shipping: UK £5.00; Europe £15.00; Rest of World £15.00 Europe and Rest of World by Airmail)
This little tool was developed to make fine accurate cuts in Windsor chairmaking. However its appeal will be appreciated in all forms of woodwork and furniture making.
The body fits snugly in the hand with the fingers placed directly in front of and behind the blade to maximise the feedback during cutting and to minimise rotation along its axis. The shavings are ejected freely from the top of the tool leaving the back of the entire. This allows the blade to be pushed from directly behind the blade (unlike most designs) and has the extra benefit of supporting the blade along its whole length so reducing any tendency to chatter.
The high carbon steel Ron Hock blade is micro-adjustable with an Allen key, and there is no need to remove the blade as in some shaves. The two small grub screws visible between the knurled brass knobs are threaded into the body of the spokeshave and pass all the way through. The bottom of the grub screws are in contact with the blade and the exact position of the grub screws sets the blade when it is pulled up tight with the brass knobs.
The blade will maintain a keen cutting edge over a long period. It can be sharpened easily with a dowel and emery paper, or with felt wheels loaded with abrasive soap, if the equipment is available.
The tool comes fitted with a thick brass wear-plate directly in front of the cutting edge. Under most conditions this will last a lifetime, and if the blade is only occasionally ground, being sharpened by polishing, the complete tool will give a lifetime of service.
These tools are a pleasure to use, whether on green wood – making spindles and shaping bows, or dry wood such as the end grain of elm in a Windsor seat. Hard, kiln dried wood used in furniture making provide no problems to these great tools.