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Veritas Spokeshaves, Chair Devils, Scraper Shave and Pullshave

The Veritas spokeshaves, scraper shave and pullshave will all find useful employment in chairmaking. The concave spokeshave is particularly useful on shaping spindles and legs whilst the pullshave can be used for seat shaping.

Veritas Low Angle Spokeshave
Ref: 05P3201

The Veritas Spokeshave uses a basic traditional shape, not of the spokeshaves of the last century, but of the century before.

Until about 1900, the vast majority of spokeshaves were low-angle spokeshaves with wooden bodies. The blades were hand forged with upturned tangs that fitted into holes pierced in the body of the shave. Wedged in position, they were adjusted by tapping the ends of the tangs or the base of the blade, as required.

Although these spokeshaves cut beautifully because of their low cutting angle, they were not easy to adjust and became very expensive as hand processes gave way to automated manufacturing methods. The new Veritas spokeshave has the same low cutting angle as spokeshaves of old (20° basic bevel with a 25° micro-bevel), but cutting depth has been simplified substantially. Instead of adjusting blade projection, the blade is fixed, forming the sole of the spokeshave. The toe piece is adjustable to control the depth of cut.

Used in one orientation, the toe piece is suited to convex and flat work. Flipped 180°, it allows the tool to be used on concave work. The blade is fixed by two machine screws with specially shaped heads that wedge it in position when the knurled knobs on the top of the shave are tightened. As the blade can be moved either forward or backward, the mouth opening is controllable, while the adjustable toe piece controls the depth of the cut.

The cast aluminum body has a powder coating and, with fittings, the tool weighs just over 6 oz. The 1/8" thick blade is made of A2 tool steel, which holds an edge some five times longer than regular high-carbon steel.

The ease of cutting and the ergonomically shaped body make this tool capable of much more precise work than the standard spokeshaves of today. A beautiful tool with classic origins.

Unfortunately this item is not currently available. Please call us on 01473 784 983 or email to be added to our waiting list.

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Price: 60.01 (Including VAT at 20%)

Veritas Low Angle Spokeshave

Veritas Flat, Round & Concave Spokeshaves
Ref: 05P33

- All three spokeshaves have a 1/8" (0.125") thick A2 tool steel blade, seated at 45° to the sole.

- The thick blade, carefully machined lever cap and blade bed all combine to produce chatterfree cutting in virtually all conditions.

- The ductile cast iron body is fitted with African rosewood handles that are shaped for comfort and control, offering several ways to grip the tool comfortably with no corners or edges to cause discomfort when either pulling or pushing.

- The toe provides a convenient thumb rest that allows the user to choke up on the body to achieve an unusual degree of control for fine work.

- The twin adjustment thumb wheels quickly and accurately control the depth of cut and skew. Together with the cast steel lever cap, the thumb wheels also ensure the blade may be easily removed for sharpening and other maintenance,
then re-installed into the same position.

- Two shims are included so that you can adjust the mouth opening to suit your work needs.

- Each weighs about 12 oz. 10½" long overall.

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Veritas Flat, Round & Concave Spokeshaves


Veritas Flat Spokeshave - 05P3301 73.78
Veritas Round Spokeshave - 05P3303 73.78
Veritas Concave Spokeshave - 05P3311 86.17
ALL 3 Veritas Spokeshaves - 05P33-Set 214.97

Lee Valley Spokeshave Roll
Ref: 50K6001

For some people, spokeshaves are like peanuts (or planes) - they can't have just one! This unique tool roll (really a tri-fold case) keeps them all organized, accessible and portable.

Made from a heavy polyester fabric, the exterior of the roll is double-layered and padded. Sewn elastic straps hold six spokeshaves of lengths up to 12". The roll flaps fasten closed with hook-and-loop strips to cover the shaves, or, with the flaps folded behind the roll, for display or use. Nylon quick-release buckles secure the roll for transport. Additional wall-mount clips are included for hanging.

Two inside pockets have a cut-resistant lining for holding extra blades, and a small pouch holds shims. An external 7" x 10" zippered pocket stores instruction booklets, notes, designs, or sharpening papers. At 23" long by 13" wide without the flaps, it folds up to a compact 8" x 13" case.

Price includes VAT 

Price: 18.25 (Including VAT at 20%)

Lee Valley Spokeshave Roll


Veritas Scraper Shave
Ref: VP3370

The Veritas Scraper Shave is a versatile small scraper suitable for small-scale work, fine detailing, or any application where a normal scraping plane would be too large.

The design of the tool allows a controlled scraping action that effectively smoothes the workpiece. Can be used as a companion tool with the chair devils for smoothing of non-round chair parts such as crest rails, arm bows and seat blank edges.

Similar in construction to the chair devils, it has a machined steel body, comfortable African rosewood handles, and a solid brass machined toe and thumbscrews.

The high-carbon steel blade is 0.040" thick and hardened to Rc48-52, with a 45° cutting edge that can be readily burnished to create a long-lasting hook.

Full instructions included.

This is currently unavailable. Please call us on 01473 784 983 or send us an email to to be added to our waiting list

Price incl VAT 

Price: 50.83 (Including VAT at 20%)

Veritas Scraper Shave

Veritas Pullshave
Ref: 05P5001

The Veritas pullshave was designed for hollowing or recessing an area, for example, shaping and smoothing chair seats.

The unique design is the result of taking a convex spokeshave and reconfiguring it with a handle and knob to make it both easier to use and better suited to rigorous work — there is no tool like it on the market. It will do the work associated with traditional inshaves and travishers.

The 1/8" (0.125") thick A2 tool steel blade and carefully machined blade bed and cap iron all combine to produce chatterfree cutting. The blade bed angle is 45° and the sole radius is 3-1/2". The ductile cast iron body is fitted with a large rear handle and a front knob of bubinga; together they provide exceptional control and comfort. The twin adjustment thumb wheels quickly and accurately control the depth of cut.

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Price: 114.70 (Including VAT at 20%)

Veritas Pullshave



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