I was sharpening my favorite gunboat spokeshave. This is the big mamoo... An old coopers tool of course. I rebuilt it and
put more comfy handle tips on it years ago.
I love this thing. Its practically a cross
between a spokeshave and a drawknife. Easiest tool to use I own,
and the one I always hand visitors in my shop to try out.
takes less than 60 seconds for most people to "get it" and start
cutting wood with gusto!
It has been a hassle to sharpen. The blade is
substantially rounded. Not just barely curved like many are.
This one cranks!
As I am sure you know by now, I am a strop fan.
I like to finish any edge I make on a strop. But a flat strop
wasn't working well at all. So I thought to myself, ...say there
self,... how about a round strop?? Immediately following, I
had to examine the slap marks on my forehead.
So I headed out and drove to the priss-a-torium,
where the sky is always falling. I ordered up some rare and
exotic, hyper sensitive, guaranteed phobic/obsessive approved...
Yeah right, as if!
I grabbed a scrap from the "maybe burn" pile
near the stove. Black oak with a taste of sapwood. It had a
little twist to remove. And over by the drawer I keep good leather. I
had an old belt laying right out on the floor.
I love old belts, did I ever mention that? I
wouldn't give you 2 cents for a new leather belt. Squeaky,
smelly, stiff, edges that cut into you, yuck.
Gimme a Salvation
Army special! A belt some large guy wore for 27 years belt!!
When I find them, I reserve the best of these
for guitar straps. (feels like a darling girl's cheesecake
against your skin!!). But this particular belt was so abused and
pitiful I wouldn't use it against my skin, so it was just laying
out there, wondering whether it was going into the trash or not.
It ain't about what you thought, fellas.
I skinned down that scrap into a pleasing curve.
Jack plane and then smoothed it out with a 4. Looked good. Easy
Then,.. uh oh.
How do you glue leather smoothly to a longitudinal curve?
Hmmmm Rubber bands would make a motocross racecourse out of it.
I thought of several other approaches, but all of them were
fraught with peril and hassle, one way or another.
So I realized I had to make a clamping caul. I grabbed another
piece of the oak (an even worse one) and just kept working until
Gutter plane, big round, and gutter spokeshave.