On a recent project I realized
I needed a better spokeshave for concave surfaces.
The one I have been using is a
small wooden bodied shave that works well but is hard to get
it to cut fine enough for close work.
I have several Stanley
151 and 152 shaves and really like the screw adjustment
mechanism for the cutting iron on these. It allows you to
set them for a very fine cut which is nice, especially in
end grain situations.
Only problem is the old 151 and
152ís were only made with a flat sole. There are new ones
made by Stanley with a round sole but from what info I have
found on them the quality is pretty low.
Veritas and Lie-Nielsen also
make nice versions with round soles but they are pretty
pricey and I really donít use spokeshaves often enough to
justify one (my wife might also add that I am just cheap).
With a bit of work you can radius the sole on one of the
older model Stanleyís and make it work quite nice.
The 151 I used here had a very
wide mouth opening so that was the first thing to deal with.
I made a shim to go behind the iron out of a piece of .030in
The shape of the shim is simply
traced off of the body of the shave and cut out with tin
snips. I cut it long enough to protrude thru the mouth
opening just a bit; it also will need a hole drilled for the
cap screw to pass thru. It does not have to be anything
fancy, with the iron and cap assembled you canít even see
Next I scuffed the area where
the iron normally sets in the shave body with sand paper and
the back side of the shim as well.
I used a two part epoxy to
attach the shim to the body. Replacing the iron and cap then
tightening the cap down acts as a clamp to hold the shim
tightly to the body until the glue is cured.
By epoxying the shim in it
makes it one with the body of the shave and you do not have
to worry about it sliding or twisting. If you ever want to
the remove the shim you can simply heat it enough to release
With the shim attached I then
flattened the sloe on a diamond plate, this also brings the
end of the shim that I left a bit proud down flush to the
sole as well.