Small Curved Sole Spoke Shave
This gidgee curved sole Spoke Shave has a 10mm radius (3/8") and is 235 long x 12mm wide x 12mm high. Weighs 90 grams and has a 19mm wide x 1.2mm thick x 25mm long Tool Steel (TS) blade hardened to Rc 62-64 OR a High Speed Steel (HSS) blade hardened to Rc 62. The HSS is ideal if you plan to reverse the blade to bevel up and use it as a scraper on hard timber.
The plane (when used with the blade bevel down) has a 60 degrees blade pitch for planing and by reversing the blade to (bevel up) it will perform as a scraper for use of hard cranky woods.
Used for shaping and fine finishing of very tight inside curves that you find in Lutherie and furniture making. It can also be used for flats and outside curves or a combination thereof.
beautifully engineered and crafted
The “need” for a good spokeshave started when making new canoe thwarts. I hated sanding after shaping the thwarts with rasps. After the thwarts were finished I bought a HNT Gordon full size curved spokeshave - what a beautiful tool! - great feel, easy to control, and left a wax like finish. But I still had to sand smaller radius curves so I ordered the small spokeshave. The smaller tool leaves a great finish but requires more concentration than its big brother which is heavier and has much larger handles which are much gentler on my arthritic hands. I control the larger spokeshave larger with my wrists While the smaller tool seems to require thumb and fingers to roll it at the end of the stroke. But, I am still learning. It’s a keeper.
Excellent customer service, Expertly packaged for shipping. The Gidgee handles are beautiful, the grain compels the eye. Feels like it was custom made for my hands and out performs my other "shaves". Works perfectly straight from the box.
Quite happy with the performance of this little shave. They can be hard to find in this size.
I found it to be beautifully crafted, really a piece of art on its own. It works perfectly for its intended purpose - to finish a tight inside curve on a pine Windsor chair seat. I had been using a file for the job, but this gives a much cleaner surface, ready for finishing. Very happy with it.