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)
I put the blade on top of it and traced it
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Made several cuts to shape the ramp
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....