Low-angled wooden spokeshaves are superlative tools for shaping wood, for example in the making of Windsor chairs. Purchase Medium and Small spokeshaves depending on the amount of wood to be removed. These tools will work directly out of the box and should last a lifetime under normal use.
Purchase a kit to save money and have the pleasure of crafting your own tool. These kits are superior to others on the market, as the hard maple block has already been precision machined to receive the high carbon Hock blade and the depth-adjusting grub screws.
To create a fine tool you will need to create an escape for the shavings – either from the top (preferred) or the back (traditional). Then the body should be shaped to fit comfortably in the hand so that using the tool will be a pleasure each time it is taken from the shelf. Many alternative shapes are possible with these kits and suggestions are made. A band saw, pillar drill and drum sander are ideal for making spokeshaves from kit. Tools can also be made using only hand tools.