from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A drawknife of a design originally used for shaping spokes, now used for making rounded edges.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woodworking tool used to shape and smooth rods and shafts - often for use as wheel spokes, chair legs or arrows.
  • v. To shape or smooth with a spokeshave.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of drawing knife or planing tool for dressing the spokes of wheels, the shells of blocks, and other curved work.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A wheelwrights' and carpenters' tool, having a plane-bit between two handles, formerly used in shaping wagon-spokes, but now in woodwork of every kind.
  • n. A ring with cutting edge attached to a handle, used in certain operations within the cavity of the nose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small plane that has a handle on each side of its blade; used for shaping or smoothing cylindrical wooden surfaces (originally wheel spokes)


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spoke + shave


  • Litten's carpenter friend Max John Hollingworth, looked up from his spokeshave with perhaps one too many knowing political apercus; and Litten's "weary" catalogue of his father's objections to the new Weimar republic – "To him, it's all atonal music, flat roofs, Bauhaus chairs, the rumba, Otto Dix, negro jazz, Jewish self-assertion" – could have done with the lumps taken out of it.

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  • He leaves the steamed components hanging up for a year to dry and season thoroughly, turns the legs on his lathe, hollows out the seats with an adze and a spokeshave, then assembles the chairs.


  • Wednesday, February 18, 2009 10:26:00 PM PST spokeshave says...

    A Question on Traveling Mattes

  • You would only need a spokeshave, and simple scratch stock, and couple of hand planes.

    The Cult

  • At one point I had the bow by both ends and it probably looked as though I was using a spokeshave on the strings.


  • He worked with a large spokeshave in a wood so hard that it grated and rang like metal.

    The Complete Stories

  • Nonnus used his knife for everything from skinning game to large projects for which the locals would have chosen an axe, a billhook, or a spokeshave.

    Lord of the Isles

  • Final shaping is done with a spokeshave (3), if available, and a wood rasp (see page 6).

    Chapter 4

  • Then, after the outline is drawn, the trough may be gouged, the outline cut with turning-saw, chisel, and spokeshave, and the edges molded with the gouge or chisel.

    Handwork in Wood

  • The _pattern-makers spokeshave_, Fig. 119, which has a wooden frame, is better suited to more careful work.

    Handwork in Wood


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