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#10 BRASS -WASHER
COMFORTABLE CONTOURED HANDLE
wear plate mortised into the body over a beveled clearance throat.
The high-carbon steel blade I used is at the heart of the upgrades to the traditional design. A threaded post at either end of the blade allows it to be firmly tightened down, and just as importantly, easily adjusted. The wings of the blade rest on a pair of adjustment screws in the blade mortise. So fine-tuning the depth of cut is as simple as a slight turn of the screw.
Next, the brass wear plate in front of the blade isn't just for looks. It creates a durable sole that will stand up to a lifetime of use. Throw in a pair of shop-made brass nuts to tighten down the blade, and you have a tool that looks, feels, and works like a dream.
I've always admired the look and feel of the old-style, wood-body spokeshaves that 1 come across at tool swaps. The design of these spokeshaves is about as simple as can be — often nothing more than a narrow, contoured, wood body holding a small, U-shaped blade.
The upshot of this tool envy is the handsome, wood-body spoke-
shave you see in the photo above. It follows the old design but adds a few nice improvements.
The Anatomy. Take a look at the drawings and photo below to see how the spokeshave is put together. The underside of the contoured body is where the action is.
RHere, you'll find a narrow blade and a heavy, brass
BRASS WEAR PLATE CREATES DURABLE SOLE
THREADED BLADE - POST
SHOP-MADE BRASS KNOB
BEVELED ' THROAT ALLOWS SHAVINGS TO ESCAPE
BLADE SETTING — FINE-TUNED WITH ADJUSTMENT SCREWS
SEE PAGE 51 FOR SOURCES
LOW-ANGLE BLADE FROM HOCK TOOLS
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