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Forum topic by AlaskaGuy posted 10-10-2018 06:18 PM 555 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AlaskaGuy

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10-10-2018 06:18 PM

I need a couple of spokeshaves, both a flat bottom and a curved bottom.

What is your recommendations. Stanley, LN, Vertias, ect.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!


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pottz

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#1 posted 10-10-2018 06:39 PM

just bought a set of the veritas when i did my maloof rocker,very well made high quality spokesahaves,i would highly recommend these.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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AlaskaGuy

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#2 posted 10-10-2018 06:50 PM



just bought a set of the veritas when i did my maloof rocker,very well made high quality spokesahaves,i would highly recommend these.

- pottz

Thanks for the recommendation. Those are the ones I’ve been eyeballing. Looking at you beautifully done chair tell tells me they must work well in the right hands.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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pottz

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#3 posted 10-10-2018 06:59 PM


just bought a set of the veritas when i did my maloof rocker,very well made high quality spokesahaves,i would highly recommend these.

- pottz
Thanks for the recommendation. Those are the ones I ve been eyeballing. Looking at you beautifully done chair tell tells me they must work well in the right hands.

- AlaskaGuy

yeah i bought the 3 piece set in the tool roll,not cheap but the quality justifies it.plus my son will still be using those in 50 years.also thank you for the compliment i appreciate that.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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AlaskaGuy

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#4 posted 10-10-2018 07:14 PM


just bought a set of the veritas when i did my maloof rocker,very well made high quality spokesahaves,i would highly recommend these.

- pottz
Thanks for the recommendation. Those are the ones I ve been eyeballing. Looking at you beautifully done chair tell tells me they must work well in the right hands.

- AlaskaGuy

yeah i bought the 3 piece set in the tool roll,not cheap but the quality justifies it.plus my son will still be using those in 50 years.also thank you for the compliment i appreciate that.

- pottz

Did you use all 3 shaves on your chair. At this point I don’t know that I need the round one.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Ocelot

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#5 posted 10-10-2018 07:18 PM

If you don’t have any spokeshaves, I would buy an old Stanley No. 51 or 151 to try. After cleaning and tune-up, it might be all you need. One of my No. 51’s has a very tight mouth – feels good in the hands too.

Not hard to get one for $25 shipped.

The 151’s will be a bit more, but are more easy to adjust.

I like old tools.

-Paul

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pottz

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#6 posted 10-10-2018 07:18 PM


just bought a set of the veritas when i did my maloof rocker,very well made high quality spokesahaves,i would highly recommend these.

- pottz
Thanks for the recommendation. Those are the ones I ve been eyeballing. Looking at you beautifully done chair tell tells me they must work well in the right hands.

- AlaskaGuy

yeah i bought the 3 piece set in the tool roll,not cheap but the quality justifies it.plus my son will still be using those in 50 years.also thank you for the compliment i appreciate that.

- pottz
Did you use all 3 shaves on your chair. At this point I don t know that I need the round one.

- AlaskaGuy

glad you asked,i thought with all the round spindles and legs i would use it the most,it was the least used and if i did it again id probably not buy the rounded one,but that depends on what your needs are ag.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Andre

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#7 posted 10-10-2018 08:03 PM

My goto is the Brass LNs with some Hock irons in them, thinking about getting a #51 Seldom if ever need that size?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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DrDirt

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#8 posted 10-10-2018 08:05 PM

I only have the flat bottom, from Lee Valley. I like it…have no complaints, but don’t know that it is better or worse than som of the others, it is just what I chose, and learned to keep sharp and set, so it feels “right” to me.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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PPK

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#9 posted 10-10-2018 09:04 PM

Lee Valley(Veritas) or Lie Neilsen. Both are top notch.
I can never get stanleys to stop chattering. But the two aforementioned dont chatter. I like the Veritas for the easy adjustment, and the Lie Neilsen for the heft and absolutely NO chatter.

-- Pete

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AlaskaGuy

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#10 posted 10-10-2018 09:28 PM


If you don t have any spokeshaves, I would buy an old or 151 to try. After cleaning and tune-up, it might be all you need. One of my No. 51 s has a very tight mouth – feels good in the hands too.

Not hard to get one for $25 shipped.

The 151 s will be a bit more, but are more easy to adjust.

I like old tools.

-Paul

- Ocelot


Of course I’ve been researching spoke saves at other places than LJ. I’ve seen the Stanley No. 51 mentions several time. I may get one of the 51’s to go along with what ever else I get. Thanks for you input.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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jdh122

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#11 posted 10-10-2018 10:06 PM

I have all three from Veritas. While I love the flat and convex bottom ones, I would not buy the round one again. Fiddly to use and especially to sharpen, and not that much more convenient than simply removing small facets with the regular spokeshave.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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Andre

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#12 posted 10-10-2018 10:20 PM


Veritas also sells a nice little Cast round spokeshave but PMV-11 iron not really needed.
I love how easy this style is to set up and adjust! Very simple if you know how:)
Forgot to mention, IMHO stay away from the Veritas Low Angle!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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therealSteveN

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#13 posted 10-10-2018 10:34 PM

Depends on the work to be done. There is a mile of difference between a LN mini, and a 51. Both are spokeshaves, but with decidedly different attributes that can/will make one perfect, and the other a PIA to use based on what you are trying to do. If you start using them, and like what they can do, just start wherever you can afford to jump in, cause you’ll end up collecting them all.

If you have NONE right now, then I’ll agree with the poster who suggested a Stanley 51 to start out. Low cost of entry, coupled with a design/shape they all use as their basis. After using it you will be better able to appreciate the differences between them all, simply because you’ll have user input.

I asked an old fart I know well when I started getting into spokeshaves what the difference was between LN, LV, and back then they didn’t have most of what either has now, and a Stanley. He just mused a second, and said nutz n bolts…....... Waiting for more I just stood there looking at him…..... Finally he said NUTZ and BOLTS you know the stuff what adjusts them…...

-- Think safe, be safe

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TungOil

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#14 posted 10-11-2018 02:27 AM

I have the LN shaves. I was concerned about the lack of adjusting screws before I bought them, but I happened to be at Marc Adams school the same weekend Tom was there teaching a hand tool class. After he showed me how easy it is to set blade depth I immediately bought the set. They work like a dream, highly recommended. But I think you cannot go,wrong with either the LN or veritas.

I used the Stanley 151 at Marc Adams and found it frusating to adjust and chattered too much for my tastes.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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planecurious

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#15 posted 10-11-2018 04:22 AM

Hello, I’m a long time lurker and have hum and hawed over joining for a while but this question made me do it. I do not have a lot of experience but have been slowly assembling a collection of (hopefully) good quality tools. Here is my experience

I have played with most of the LV ones in the local store and ended up getting woodjoy spokeshaves; they may be worth a look for you. I have a flat and a circular one and they are amazing.

I’m convinced the Veritas low-angle spokeshave is in the catalogue as an objective lesson in not designing bad tools ;-P

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