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Spokeshave: do you pull or push?

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Spokeshave: do you pull or push?

Postby Mike G » 19 Jan 2015, 17:40

I almost always pull the tool towards me, as my father did. Yet I see on youtube a number of videos showing it being pushed away, as if it were just a small plane. What do you do?
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Re: Spokeshave: do you pull or push?

Postby TrimTheKing » 19 Jan 2015, 17:46

Both. Generally pull, but will push if it's a short cut and to save walking round the workpiece. If I need the extra control then will walk round and pull.

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Re: Spokeshave: do you pull or push?

Postby Rod » 19 Jan 2015, 18:25

Pull or push - depends a lot on the grain direction and the wood

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Re: Spokeshave: do you pull or push?

Postby Andyp » 19 Jan 2015, 18:28

My bible on the subject of things to do with planes (Planecraft, Hand Planing by Modern Methods 1934) states "Normally, the tool is pushed, but on occasion it may be pulled" Careful consideration should be taken of the grain direction.
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Re: Spokeshave: do you pull or push?

Postby kirkpoore1 » 19 Jan 2015, 18:30

I use mine both ways, but probably push more. A lot of the time I'm taking tool marks off of curved edges, and pushing down seems a much more natural motion than pulling down.

By the way, do you have iron or wooden shaves? All three of mine are wood, two I built myself with Hock blades, and one from my great-great-grandfather.

Andy: I have that Planecraft book too (1980's reprint), and it's pretty decent.

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Re: Spokeshave: do you pull or push?

Postby Andyp » 19 Jan 2015, 18:49

kirkpoore1 wrote:Andy: I have that Planecraft book too (1980's reprint), and it's pretty decent.
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Mine's an original Kirk and cost my Grandfather the princely sum of one shilling and sixpence.
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Re: Spokeshave: do you pull or push?

Postby Rod » 19 Jan 2015, 20:38

Got the book and a few shaves:
A couple of very worn wooden ones, a few Record/Stanley, 2 Veritas and a modern wooden Woodjoy

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Re: Spokeshave: do you pull or push?

Postby Pinch » 19 Jan 2015, 21:55

I mostly push Mike, but occasionally pull when I need to.
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Re: Spokeshave: do you pull or push?

Postby RogerS » 19 Jan 2015, 22:59

I like to pull.

Same goes for the spokeshave 8-)
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Re: Spokeshave: do you pull or push?

Postby Peter Sefton » 20 Jan 2015, 22:20

I'am a pusher
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Re: Spokeshave: do you pull or push?

Postby Rob » 20 Jan 2015, 22:23

I tend to push/pull/push/pull/push/pull..... :eusa-naughty:
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Re: Spokeshave: do you pull or push?

Postby Merlin » 21 Jan 2015, 20:04

I use an old Preston chamfer shave quite a bit - defiantly a pusher
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Re: Spokeshave: do you pull or push?

Postby chataigner » 21 Jan 2015, 21:26

I tend to pull, but on changing grain direction I try to avoid changing position, so go from pull to push as the grain changes.

The theory is that by staying in the same place and not moving the work either, you maintain the same consistent view and angles.
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