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    Lignum Vitae small spokeshave

    My father had some small scraps of lignum vitae that he had salvaged from a shipyard and that he kept as if they were gold, Iíve seen them all my life in the bottom of a drawer of his desk with the express instruction of not even touching them, so by now these scraps are about 48 years old and they should be pretty dry.

    Unfortunately, he died without using them and now I decided to use one of them to make a spokeshave.

    So got a small spokeshave blade from Ron Hockís and here is the result.

    BTW I didnít find Lignum vitae as hard to work as it seems, the only drawback is that is has tendency to split when chiseling with the grain.

    The scrap cut to size, the measeure tape is in centimetres ( one inch = 2,54cm)
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    I put the blade on top of it and traced it
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    Made several cuts to shape the ramp
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    Roughing out and paring down to with a chisel and after with a rasp of sandpaper
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    Fixing the blade and testing it without shaping the handles. I made it this way because Iím not using depth control screws.
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    to be continued....
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    Lignum vitae spokeshave: continuation

    Cut a paper template and stuck on it with double sided tape.
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    Again made some parallel cuts and rough out with a chisel and a rasp

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    The final touches, no finish applied, just sanded with wet/dry 320 grit sand paper.

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    I made it about a year and a half ago and Iíve using it quite a lot since, it works great! And there is no need of adjustment.
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    Toni

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    Neat. Looks much better with shaped handles. A good use for some very special wood.
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    your dad would be proud toni!
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    Way cool Toni! Isn't it rewarding to make your own tools, and to be able to use such special wood!!

    It obvioiusly works well, those are nice thin shavings it makes!!

    I think the spokeshave is one of my favorite tools. When I use it to shape a chair leg, I'm in heaven!
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    Very cool Toni. I have a piece of Lingum Vitae and should consider a similar use. Dont have anything else in mind for it so this may be the ticket. Thanks for sharing and your Dad would be proud.

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    Great thread Toni! I have thought about making one, but ended up buying the Veritas low angle shave instead. I'd still like to make one and you made it look easy! Congratulations on having a special piece of wood to make a beautiful tool!

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    Looks really nice Toni

    How is the LV to work?

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    Terrific job. Very well done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Downey View Post
    Looks really nice Toni

    How is the LV to work?
    Hi John, thanks, LV is not as hard to work as I thought at the begining, with sharp tools is as any other hard wood, and because it is oily the tools glide better than in some other woods.

    The only drawback I could tel is that when chiseling with or against the grain one has to make a semicircular movement with the tools and do not make any cantilever pressure if the shaving you're taking is a bit thick because it will split along the grain to the very end.

    ( Comment added later) BTW, to cut it I used a metal hacksaw, not because of the hardness but because with its smaller teeth works much better than a normal saw.

    Thanks to all other guys for your comments.
    Last edited by Toni Ciuraneta; 10-03-2007 at 08:07 AM. Reason: Somethin more to say about the subject
    Best regards,
    Toni

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