I collected all (?) my spokeshaves yesterday and built a rack to hold them. Cut a piece of ¾x⅜ maple into two pieces, then turned it to make ⅜ inch dowels on the lathe. Glued them into a board and stuck a cleat on the back. Nice quick project. I should probably put some oil on it one of these days, but… mañana.
From the top, here’s a quick description of each, how it’s set up, and what I use it for:
- Veritas, set up for general purpose, fairly thin, general use;
- Lie Nielsen Boggs with curved base, set up a little thick for concave curves;
- Veritas low angle, set thin for end grain;
- Home-made low angle spokeshave set up thicker for quick stock removal;
- HNT Gordon small, general use, but thin for tricky grain or finishing;
- HNT Gordon large, as the small, tricky grain;
- Millers Falls cigar shave, not yet tuned, but I hope to get it tuned up and usable, since the round blade is nice for tight concaves;
- Kunz travisher, curved base side to side, which is set to hollow chair seats and smooth out adze marks;
- Kunz adjustable mouth spokeshave, set relatively thin, generally for use against the grain and sharpened to behave almost like a scraper;
- and finally the Stanley spokeshave, which was the first I bought, and showed me all the ways a shave could be wrong.
A shave set for “general use” is usually set for a thinner cut on one side, and a thicker cut on the other, so depending on where on the blade I’m hitting the wood, I can control the depth of the cut. Some are thicker left and others are thicker right, and I have to give each a try to find what’s best for a given job. The two low angle spokeshaves and the two HNT Gordon shaves are generally for end grain or reversing grain.
In all, I probably have twice as many shaves as I really need, but half of them were packed away in a box I didn’t unpack until earlier this week (since we moved almost 4 years ago). So I bought a few more while I was not unpacking that box. The HNT Gordons are completely unnecessary, but they’re pretty and feel nice in the hand (they’re made from gidgee wood), so they have rapidly become favorites.