Mini Spokeshaves-Shaves For Those Small Jobs

I almost didn’t bother purchasing these Mini Bronze Spokeshaves, but since I sometimes make smaller woodworking projects I thought that they might come in handy where a larger spokeshave or even a block plane might not work very well so I thought I’d try them out. Another plus I figured was that they were offered in three configurations, flat, convex and a contoured bottom. First off I would say that I am overall pleased with the shaves but I have to say they require some work to get them to perform well. The castings around the throats were a bit off and the irons needed some work to get them up to an acceptable sharpness. It took me about an hour on each shave to even get them to work marginally. No doubt as the sharpening progresses through use the shaves will perform even better.

Here’s what they look like…

Bronze Mini Spokeshaves

As you can see the bronze shaping is nicely done. The shaves although small, feel nice in you fingers once you get used to them.

Here is a shot of what they look on the underside…


Like I mentioned earlier the shaves require tuning before they are usable. I started to flatten the backs of the irons but soon had a problem in that the irons would slip off my fingers stroking back an forth on mounted sandpaper. So what I did was fashion a jig to captivate the irons in a shallow mortise chiseled into a maple block. The iron protrudes about 1/32″ and is held in the mortise with a magnet. The following photos show the setup. Here is the block showing the shallow mortise, iron and circular magnet…

 

This shot shows the other side of the block. I drilled a 5/8″ hole about 1/8″ shy of the opposing face to accept the magnet. This setup worked very well, just drop the magnet down the whole and it’ll hold the iron as you slide the iron back and forth on the sandpaper.

Here’s what the block looks like from the other side…


Do these spokeshaves work? With some effort yes they do work well on small projects…

Here you see the straight bottom shave with shavings produced effortlessly with the shave.
I like these shaves so much I made a stand for them. I’ll eventually install it inside the tool cabinet with the option to be able to take the whole stand to the workbench if need be.


As far as bench top woodworking tools go these spokeshaves are a great addition to any shop.

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