The 6 Best Spokeshaves
This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in August of 2019. A spokeshave is a specialty tool used to shape and smooth wood. It consists of a metal or wooden body with a flat or curved sole and a metal cutting blade whose depth can be controlled with adjustment knobs. When properly sharpened, it can be used to remove stock effectively and produce aesthetically pleasing curved and rounded profiles. Our picks were made while considering quality and price. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best spokeshafe on Amazon.
August 28, 2019:
Spokeshaves are simple tools with only a few parts, which means that there are many good options for all level of woodworker. The Woodriver 150740W is the best compromise between high quality and price. It is more expensive than the Stanley 12-951 but less expensive than the Pinnacle 151. I prefer the heavier spokeshave for stability but that is a personal preference. The Pinnacle is an excellent tool with a stainless steel body, and a stout blade stop but its price leaves it out of the buying range of most entry-level woodworkers. The Stanley is a solidly built spokeshave for the price but it needs a bit of work out of the box before becoming useful. The blade comes with a coating which will need to be removed on the first sharpening. After the initial prep, it is a reliable workhorse in the shop.
Working with wood releases particles that are harmful if inhaled in large quantities. Avoid this danger by always wearing breathing protection while working.