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Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Spokeshave, Small, Bronze, Curved

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R 1,599.00


The Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Small Bronze Curved Sole Spokeshave is based on a tool that hasn't been available since Edward Preston & Sons went out of business in the 1930's.

Lightweight but beautifully solid, this wonderful small curved sole spokeshave has been redesigned in solid Bronze for fine & very precise shaping work in all woods. 


The blade has a 25° bevel and is bedded at 40° to the sole, bevel down.

This tool is set up to take thin shavings only (.006" 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.

Blade Sharpening:

The blade comes ready to use. Slight additional honing will increase performance. A secondary bevel of up to 5 degrees helps achieve a razor edge quickly. This also improves edge life in hardwoods. 

Blade Adjustment:

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 blade gently with a small hammer.

Curved Sole:

The approximately 1 ½"  (38mm) 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 concerns 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 Small Bronze Spokeshave is approximately  1 ½" (38mm). A tight radius like this works very well for curves between 3" (76mm) and 10" (254mm) in diameter.

If you need to work a radius 5" (127mm) or larger, please consider our Boggs Curved Spokeshave, which has a 5" (127mm) radius.

Note: Also available with a Flat Sole .

  • Length: 6-3/4" /  171mm

  •  Sole: 1-1/2"  (38mm) Curved 

  • Blade Size: 1-3/8" Long  x 1/8" Thick  /  35mm Long x 3.2mm Thick

  • Blade Material: A2 Tool Steel, Cryogenically Treated

  • Body Material: Bronze

  • Cap Material: Bronze

  • Weight: .4 lb.  /  181g