Smooth Curves with a Spokeshave
For curvy furniture and shaped edges, make the spokeshave your secret weapon
Synopsis: A spokeshave is ideally suited to refining curves and shaping contoured work. It steps in after you’ve cut out your work on a bandsaw or router, removing sawmarks and irregularities with precise control. This guide to the spokeshave by hand-tool expert Chris Gochnour covers the different types of shave, the correct way to set up the tool, and how to use it to smooth both concave and convex curves.
When it comes to refining curves and shaping contoured work, there’s nothing better than a spokeshave. Mechanically, a spokeshave works the same way as a handplane, but its small sole makes it ideally suited for following curves. After you’ve cut out your work on the bandsaw or router, a spokeshave steps in to remove sawmarks and irregularities with precise fingertip control.
Spokeshaves come in a wide array of styles and designs. The most versatile and perhaps the…