Spokeshave and Drawknife

Hello fine people.
I got a few new and a few old tools in the last few weeks. One of my coworkers handed me a pile of nice woodworking tools that were his family’s. I got a brace, molding plane and a fold-able draw knife. Thank you Reid. I also got a WoodRiver spokeshave. So that is what this blog is about.
First the spokeshave.
Here are the specs.
Spokeshaves are used to shape and smooth chair legs, wheel spokes and rods of all sorts. The WoodRiver shave is a robust casting of ductile iron featuring a high carbon RC60-64 blade and an adjustable front shoe to control the depth of cut. The heavy (1.05 lbs) cast iron body actually increases tool control, making it easier to shave with one or two hands. This, combined with the adjustable shoe for depth control will make this one of your favorite hand tools.
WoodRiver Spokeshave3
The packaging was nice and the shave was even better. The iron is flat and HARD! that will help it keep a good edge. Only time will tell if there will be a chipping problem. The studs are removable and that is the best part of the shave.
WoodRiver Spokeshave1
And here is the video.

I would recommend this to anyone and I think WoodRiver has picked up there game in manufacturing.
WoodRiver Spokeshave2
Now for the rusty part. Reid gave this draw knife to me and it needed a lot of attention.
draw knife2
It was missing a handle and had a shop repair on one of the tangs. I made two handles from a piece of red oak firewood.
draw knife1
The old tang tells me this was forged by a smith.
But it cleaned up nicely. I only brushed the knife with a wire brush and left a lot of the color on the blade. The handles were only sanded to 100 grit and oiled. One for grip and to keep it looking old.
Didn’t know you were going to get two videos on this blog.

I own 4 other shaves but this one is the first folder I have. Thank you Reid, I hope I did it justice.
draw knife3
Thank you for your time reading my stuff and viewing my videos. Please feel free to comment, click the like button or just pass it on to someone else. I do thank you for all you do.
My shop time has decreased a lot I will be getting back on the chest of drawers asap.
I am not paid for this. These reviews are of my own accord.

Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

10 Responses to Spokeshave and Drawknife

  1. Joe Lyddon says:

    VERY NICE, Dave!

    That Woodriver spokeshave is sure pretty!

    It sure cut nice!

    Now, I know how to adjust them… Will see if I can adjust one I have (a real old one)… nave have been able to make it work!

    Thank you!

    Very COOL videos!

    • David Bardin says:

      Thank you Joe.
      I agree, it’s the first new one I have ever owned.
      I have a few old ones and there are a mess to set up. When you do get it, they work fine.
      I did find the setup on this one nice and easy.
      Good luck Joe and thanks


  2. Thomas J. Tieffenbacher/aka Doc Savage45 says:


    I’ll be watching you on my big screen with my dinner tonight. I am jealous, truly. But it’s in good hands! LOL! I’d rather it was mine. Probably wouldn’t get used as much.

    • David Bardin says:

      Doc that makes me nervous. You know if I was to tell my mother that I would be on someone TV at dinner time she would have told me that I have lost my mind.
      They are only fifty bucks and you would be amazed at how much you can use a spoke shave and a block plane. How many times do you cut that board and need just a tiny bit more cut off. Or one end fits great and the other just needs a shave or two to get that good and tight fit. Get you one and keep it on the bench. You might find more uses than you think.

  3. DIYaholic says:

    Great spokeshave review & setup video.
    It’s a shame to see a drawknife go bad….
    I would say justice has been served… with the rehabilitation.

    I’m thinking you need to build a wagon wheel or four….
    Then the whole wagon!!!

    • David Bardin says:

      Thank you Pres.
      It was in BAD shape but lived through major surgery and is in rehab in the shop.
      Now a little wagon that the lab could pull the grand kids around with. hmmmmmmmmmmm
      Randy stop puttin ideas in my head. The bucket list is long enough.

  4. eddieantley says:

    Dave another great video keep em coming ,

  5. JL7 says:

    Hey Dave,

    Have to agree that Woodriver shave looks to be really well made. Kind of nice to see some quality coming back into the tool trade. Will be interesting to see what else comes along the way here….

    Nice work on the draw knife restoration……I’m not sure that I’ve seen the folding variety before…..it’s very cool but probably not as sturdy. Now you probably need to refurb your camera….HA!

    I thought you were talking about a 4-1/2 the other day………I was thinking Stanley….or is that still a secret……

    I know the drill, don’t tell your wife!

    Cool stuff – keep it coming…….


    • David Bardin says:

      I agree Jeff. I was a bit leery because of dealings with other companies but the WoodRiver has impressed me.
      The knife does loose some stability but is a great toolbox knife.
      Thew camera did pretty well from the fall. Sony builds a good little product to.
      The plane review is coming. Stand by.
      I will as long as you do!

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