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By Celtic Eagle
#512202
Hi

First post and maybe a daft question but can anyone explain how to sharpen a spokeshave and set one up correctly? I have been buying secondhand tools and picked a decent spokeshave up but it's blunt and not set correctly.

Any advice appreciated
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By Jacob
#512207
If you mean a steel one with a squarish flat blade then honing is much easier with a blade holder - a saw kerf in a short length of 2x3/4" will do it.
You can do something similar with a trad blade and work it diagonally along the stone - though you might need to undercut it so that the bottom "jaw" clears the stone.

Setting up is just a matter of trial and error.
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By matthewwh
#512238
A piece of thin paper under the nose sometimes helps for setting the blade, just drop it into place, tighten everything up and you should have a nice fine set. Some people set the blade for a heavier cut on one side so that they can vary the thickness of shaving by using different parts of the blade.

It will soon click if you spend a little time playing.
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By jimi43
#512243
I put my index finger under the mouth to hold the blade and then tighten...

I got the feel for it now and know exactly the depth I need...

My lightbulb moment however came when I switched to a Vertias blade...(iron)....

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To make it fit...file down the bed not the mouth...that way you get a nice seating and it pokes through...just!

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Word of warning though...this upgrade can seriously increase your pretty shaving count!

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:wink:

Jim
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By Celtic Eagle
#512797
Thanks Guys
Guess what I'm doing tonight
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By jimi43
#512811
Celtic Eagle wrote:Thanks Guys
Guess what I'm doing tonight


Don't forget CE....pictures...we love pictures!

Just a bit of encouragement for you...my No.52 "Veritas" shave came out in anger the other day...a bit of homegrown cherry needed shaping:

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This iron in the modified No.52 really zips along...

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...resulting in a "veritable" wig's worth of spiral shavings....

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....and a fine finish....

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Good luck with your tuning!

Jim