Learning the Spokeshave
For some reason, I’ve been intimidated by the spokeshave in the past, and really haven’t used mine much. I figured that since I’m not a chair maker (yet), I really did not have much use for one.
Over the past few days though, I’ve needed to true-up and smooth out the gentle curves that make up the bottoms of the drawer faces on my G&G desks. I had been using sandpaper to do the final fitting of the faces to the drawer openings (after having cut the drawer faces by using pattern-routing on the router table), but sanding is slow going, messy, and not much fun.
I reached for my spokeshave, and took a few easy passes, and whammo! The drawer front was finished. Smooth, gently curved and ready for use. Spokeshaves are good for cabinetmaking too…if you have curves.
The spokeshave is remarkably easy to learn and use…much easier to learn than traditional planes. No need to be intimidated like I was! I see many more uses for this tool now that I have made my breakthrough.
The more woodworking that I do, the more that I appreciate hand tools. As these desks have progressed (over the past year or more), I find myself reaching for hand tools more and more…and killing fewer electrons…and the work is coming out better! Some times that old ways are the best (but nobody better touch my Dewalt thickness planer!!!)