The original Boggs Spokeshave is hefty and solid, weighing 12 oz. Designed for fine, precise shaping in all woods. Available with either a flat or curved sole.
Click here to download a PDF copy of the instructions for the Flat and Curved Sole Boggs Spokeshaves.
This tool is set up to take thin shavings (maximum .008-.010" or so). A tool with a large mouth will not perform as well on finish cuts. If you need a heavier cut, the tool can be easily modified by filing a chamfer on the leading edge of the mouth to allow a bigger shaving to pass.
The blade has a 25° bevel and is bedded at 40° to the sole, bevel down.
The blade comes ready to use, but honing a secondary bevel of 5° or 10° will increase performance, help achieve a razor edge quickly, and improve edge life in hardwoods. You can find sharpening instructions in a printable PDF format here: Sharpening Instructions PDF
For more information on advanced sharpening we recommend David Charlesworth’s video Plane Sharpening, available in both DVD and streaming formats.
The easiest way to adjust the depth of cut is to lay the sole on a flat wood surface, loosen the cap and advance the blade until it touches the wood evenly. Tighten the cap screw. This should produce a thin shaving. If not, or if more cut is desired, either repeat with a paper shim under the front edge of the sole, or tap the back of the blade gently with a small hammer.
The approximately 5" radius on the curved sole is intended for inside curves. The sole can be modified by the user for tighter radii.
If you have any concern that the curved spokeshave you received has a flat sole instead of a curved sole, please check the sole with the edge of a straight edge. The radius on the sole of the Boggs Curved Spokeshave is approximately 5". A gentle radius like this works very well for curves as small as 10" in diameter.
If you need to work a radius smaller than 5", please consider our Small Bronze Spokeshave, which has a 1 ½" radius.
Manganese Bronze body and cap, Brass thumbscrew. Heartwood Hickory handles.
The blade is A2 Tool Steel hardened to Rockwell 60-62, cryogenically treated and double tempered. Our heat treating technique ensures that the blade will take and hold a very fine edge for a long time. After heat treating, the blade is fully surface ground on the top, back, and cutting edge, giving a smooth, flat surface that will take a mirror finish very quickly.
Polish the Bronze parts with any good brass polish or enjoy the patina that develops with age and use. The blade should be kept lightly oiled to prevent rust, especially when the tool is not in use. We recommend Jojoba Oil, a plant based oil product that is non-toxic, odor-free and easy to use. Also, in our shop, we use a fine abrasive handblock to remove any light surface oxide from tool bodies and blades. Jojoba Oil and abrasive handblocks are available from us.
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Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for the life of your tool. Call for repairs or replacement parts. We are available for advice if you ever have a problem using your tool.
Bronze and brass alloys contain lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.