There’s no better way to create smooth even curves than using a tool designed specifically for that purpose. And you can’t beat the satisfying results when it’s a tool you’ve made yourself.
A spokeshave is the perfect choice for smoothing out a convex or concave surface quickly and easily. Buying a spokeshave is an option but there’s nothing like the look and feel of a wood-bodied spokeshave. And having a pair is best one with a flat bottom for convex curves and another with a curved bottom for concave surfaces. The body of a spokeshave is nothing more than a piece of wood with a narrow opening at the bottom for the blade. This throat opening widens toward the top creating a bed for the blade and clearance for shavings. Trying to create this shaped opening from a single piece could be a real challenge. The solution is to make each spokeshave from two parts a narrow front piece and a wider rear piece. Using two parts makes it easy to create a precise opening and an angled bed for the blade.
What you get:
7 pages of step-by-step instructions
40 full-color exploded views photos and illustrations
Full-sized patterns for the curved parts
Materials list and cutting diagram
Retail sources for hardware and supplies