How to Make a Spokeshave – How-to Woodworking Hand Tool From Oak

How to Make a Spokeshave – How-to Woodworking Hand Tool From Oak

A spokeshave can be one of the most fun tools to play with, and it is so simple to make. this is a simple method for making a traditional spokeshave. this one was made from a piece of White oak firewood, and the first one was made of beach. how-to build with nothing but hand tools.

How to make a simple hand tool for woodworking projects.

You can find the irons on eBay from time to time or at your local antique store if you know what you are looking for. Check out Handtoolfinder.com for all the known locations.

or you can buy threaded irons here. http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/hock-wooden-spokeshave-blade.aspx?A=1367

Tools needed:
Long Nosed Pattern Marker: http://amzn.to/2hj3dc4
Hand saw: http://amzn.to/2gZx8bR
Chisel: http://amzn.to/2g1bh3T
Mallet: http://amzn.to/2gIMa5g
File and rasp set: http://amzn.to/2h7p4Cf
(optional) Spokeshave: http://amzn.to/2gv0eMw
Making a bow sander: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUJ-JnGp-Rs

Round bottom Spokeshave: http://amzn.to/2fN5rhI
Flat bottom spoke shave: http://amzn.to/2gmuYlB

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50 Comments

  1. hizo64HH on May 10, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    You make it look so easy!



  2. Matt Moschel on May 10, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    90k subscribers, thanks for the informational how to



  3. Mindy Burns on May 10, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    I wish I could find those irons so I can try and make a spokeshave but I can’t seem to find them. I like to tinker with wood, but I also want to expand my makings. I mostly wanted one for shaving vine wrapped branches for canes and walking sticks, but I also want to use it for other things. Great video.



  4. Jim Rodgers on May 10, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Super instruction. Thanks for the great video.
    All the Very Best!



  5. Shogun-Jimi on May 10, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    fun – I might have to CNC one of those –



  6. elijah williams on May 10, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    I am currently am working on one it’s nice and really old



  7. Feral Boy Knives on May 10, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Very cool



  8. Joรฃo Rodrigues on May 10, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    What’s the ratio on the linseed oil / beeswax mix? Thanks!



  9. Holly Smith on May 10, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    they seem a lot easier to make than I thought, they turned out nice



  10. Theo Smits on May 10, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    3:40-3:45 I can’t be the only one that heard that? lol great job though will definately try to make one



  11. theduck on May 10, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Nice walk through. Wonder if we could do this with a piece of old saw blade, and two nails or screws?



  12. Adams cool things on May 10, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    What a sharp chisel



  13. Al on May 10, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    basically a stick with a blade… I love it man… rustic as fuck



  14. Jack Richards on May 10, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you.



  15. ANAPORY MATAVERDE Pory on May 10, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Muito legal gostaria de obter umas 2 peรงas dessas como devo obter



  16. Steve Collins on May 10, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Those are really nice, James. Now to find a blade :>).



  17. ROCK N WOODWORKS on May 10, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    A beast in his own ‘Wright’….



  18. Cactus! workshop on May 10, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    Looks great man! Awesome



  19. Frank B on May 10, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    When you make your sharpening video, please show a close up of the blade. If you could give dimensions and show the bevels, I think I would like to try to forge the blades.

    Thanks
    Frank



  20. Will Merritt on May 10, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    where can I get some of those irons?



  21. Taylor Maxwell on May 10, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    cool and simple build. I also love your other videos. You mentioned you could get these irons for very cheap on eBay. What key word or sellers do you buy from because I just looked and I cannot find any cutters/irons like that for anywhere near that cheap. Thanks



  22. Thom spillane on May 10, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Wow absolutely beautiful and I love seeing the shavings just curl and fly off awesome work



  23. Opa's Workshop on May 10, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    good work James I didn’t know those old spokeshaves were that simple to make I might have attempted this years ago LOL.



  24. Make Build Modify on May 10, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Oh man, I think I might want more hand tools now. Thanks!



  25. Live Free and DIY on May 10, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Pretty nice ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ



  26. Chris Breite on May 10, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    You said you could find the irons on eBay fairly easily. How do I search, as I’m having trouble finding them?



  27. Walter Rider on May 10, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    thank you



  28. Jimmy Mead on May 10, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Great video… Awaiting the next.. ๐Ÿ™‚



  29. Chad Hummel on May 10, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    nice spokeshave on spokeshave action ๐Ÿ˜‰



  30. Abby Kirby on May 10, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    James, where can you get the irons?



  31. a s on May 10, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    nice work. what kind of marking instrument did you use to freehand your pattern with?



  32. przybyla420 on May 10, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    A very nice looking spokeshave, too.



  33. MarkNiceyard on May 10, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Would have been good if there were moving close ups of the finished product to see the complete thing from different angles.



  34. Joe Dov on May 10, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Very cool project thanks so much.



  35. D Wolfer on May 10, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    It has been 10 months since this video has been placed here. Has anybody found an inexpensive blade since the few you say on e-bay? I am on disability and cannot afford the ones from the two stores mentioned here. So anybody, HELP. ๐Ÿ™‚



  36. Blog das Madeiras on May 10, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Hi there from Portugal,
    Nice spoke-shave ๐Ÿ˜€
    Q: How do you keep your diamond stones do clean?
    Obrigado(Thanks)



  37. John Fithian-Franks on May 10, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    I have to say that I like the "Beach" wood on much better than the other one, it looks so much more refined and if I was using those I think I would get much more pleasure out of the beach one. I also find that the nicer the tool the better it seems to work, it might be all in my head but it seems to make a difference, perhaps I take more care without realising it.



  38. My Garage Woodshop on May 10, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Wow…..that really does demystify the whole spokeshave thing. Really great and useful video, James!



  39. Bruce Brachman on May 10, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    James: Can you tell us what kind of marker you were using? I have been looking for the ‘proper’ name that kind of tracing marker with no luck. Thanks.



  40. WOODA Reclaimed Wood on May 10, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Another masterfull video



  41. Seth Warner on May 10, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    never had a spoke shave, so yeah, i get how you have fitted the blade to the wood but finding or making the blade seems the trouble. ideas?



  42. The ShavingWood Workshop on May 10, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Very nicely done James.



  43. Jeff Loitz on May 10, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Nice spokeshave build James! Two questions for you. First, what was the marker you were using at 3:18. Second, for your bow sander, how much longer do you recommend making the bow compared to the sand paper loop? I am thinking about making a longer one for sanding a hatchet handle.



  44. CORY HAYNES on May 10, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    what was that marker thing you were using to draw out the handle shape. I’ve seen diresta use it too. I’d like one. killer work by the way



  45. Richard Rider on May 10, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Really cool James. I just bought a spokeshave and haven’t even began playing with it yet and NOW I want to make one like you did…Too much fun. Will check out addresses you listed below(that was my next question; the blades…) cheers…rr



  46. Robert Brunston on May 10, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Thank you James, good video.



  47. josephknightcom on May 10, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    If you’ll present the end-product at the beginning of the video we will be able to better follow the purpose of each step.



  48. Brian Prusa on May 10, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Did you make the second spokeshave using the first? #spokeshaveinception



  49. G Man on May 10, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Awesome video. I’ve been wanting to make one since ….. forever. You made it look so easy ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผthanks



  50. Johann Botha on May 10, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    I agree with Taylor. Simple, straightforward. I’ve been following your channel for a while now and find it very inspiring. Woodworking is becoming my favorite hobby but I do find it a chicken/egg situation where you often need the thing you’re making. Keeps it fun, though. ๐Ÿ™‚