Small Bronze Spokeshave
This Spokeshave is based on a tool that hasn’t been available since Edward Preston and Sons went out of business in the 1930s. Lightweight but solid, only 6¾" (17.14cm) long, with a 5/8" (1.58cm) wide flat sole.
1-3/8" (3.49cm) x 1/8" (3.17mm) thick A-2 blade, Bronze body and cap. Redesigned for fine, precise shaping work in all woods. Also available with a curved sole (1½" (3.81cm) radius).
USE & CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Our first spokeshave is based on a tool that hasn’t been available since Edward Preston and Sons went out of business in the 30’s. Lightweight but solid, only 63/4” long, with a 5/8” wide flat sole. Also available with a curved sole. 13/8” x 1/8” thick A-2 blade, Bronze body and cap. Redesigned for fine, precise shaping work in all woods.
Geometry: The blade has a 25° bevel and is bedded at 40° to the sole, bevel down.
This tool is set up to take thin shavings only (.006” or so). A tool with a large mouth will not perform as well on finish cuts. If you need a heavier cut, the tool can be easily modified by filing a chamfer on the leading edge of the mouth to allow a bigger shaving to pass.
Blade Sharpening: The blade comes ready to use. Slight additional honing will increase performance. A secondary bevel of up to 5 degrees helps achieve a razor edge quickly. This also improves edge life in hardwoods. For more information on advanced sharpening we suggest David Charlesworth’s DVD Hand Tool Techniques Part 1: Plane Sharpening.
Blade Adjustment: The easiest way to adjust the depth of cut is to lay the sole on a flat wood surface, loosen the cap and advance the blade until it touches the wood evenly. Tighten the cap screw. This should produce a thin shaving. If not, or if more cut is desired, either repeat with a paper shim under the front edge of the sole, or tap the blade gently with a small hammer.
Curved Sole: The approximately 1½” radius on the curved sole is intended for inside curves. The sole can be modified by the user for tighter radii.
Materials: Manganese Bronze Body and Cap, Brass Thumbscrew.
A-2 tool steel blade hardened to Rockwell 60-62, cryogenically treated and double tempered. Our heat treating technique ensures that the blade will take and hold a very fine edge for a long time. After heat treating, the blade is fully surface ground on the top, back, and cutting edge, giving a smooth, flat surface that will take a mirror finish very quickly.
Maintenance: Polish the bronze parts with any good brass polish, or enjoy the patina that develops with age and use. Oil the blade to prevent rust.
Guarantee: Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for the life of your tool. Call for repairs or replacement parts. We are available for advice if you ever have a problem using your tool.