How to Sharpen a Spokeshave
Shopmade honing jig makes sharpening your spokeshave super-simple
Although the methods used to sharpen most spokeshaves are like those used to sharpen handplane irons, the blades are much smaller, and tricky to hold in a conventional honing guide. When faced with this problem, Fine Woodworking contributor Chris Gochnour engineered a simple wooden blade holder that mounts easily into any standard honing guide.
Built of hardwood, this simple jig allows a spokeshave iron to be clamped into place thanks to a pair of wing-nuts. The jig is then secured in a honing guide. A large fender washer glued to the top of the jig allows the user to attach the magnetic base of a digital angle gauge for perfect honing angles.
In this short video, Fine Woodworking associate editor Ben Blackmar demonstrates the construction and use of this simple sharpening jig.