The spokeshave is used principally to smooth curved surfaces. It may be drawn toward or pushed away from the worker, whichever is more convenient.
By means of thumb screws the blade may be adjusted to take light or heavy shavings. The shortness of the bed allows it to conform to the shape of the curve.
The spokeshave is practically a short plane with handles at the sides, and in using it the aim should be, as with the plane, to secure silky shavings of as great length as the nature of the work will allow.
The forming of a hammer handle is a good illustration of the kind of work it will do.
The spokeshave is a simple, practical, and easily managed woodworking hand tool. It is made in several sizes, and the iron may have a straight edge, or one which curves outwards. The former is more common.
Half round spokeshave
Push the spokeshave down each side from the center.
Push the spokeshave down toward the center from each side of the curve