Lee Valley Tools Woodworking Newsletter
Vol. 2, Issue 2
November 2007
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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 293,651, dated February 19, 1884.
Application filed November 30, 1883. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, ALBERT D. GOODELL, residing in Miller's Falls, in the county of Franklin and State of Massachusetts, a citizen of the United States, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Spokeshaves, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification, and in which like letters indicate corresponding parts.

My invention relates to improvements in spokeshaves, by which, by the use of a circular knife or cutter and other novel features, much better work can be done and a far greater variety of forms of material operated upon the [sic] by the use of any existing tool known to me.

Figure 1 represents a general view of the article, having part of the body and one handle cut away to exhibit the threaded screw in the body for holding the cutter, and also the screw by which the handles are detachably connected with the body. Fig. 2 represents the body without the handles, and shows the edge of the circular cutter and the front bevel of the body. Fig. 3 represents the knife or cutter C with beveled edge z. Fig. 4 represents a cross-section of the body, taken at y y, Fig. 2, and illustrates the manner in which the body is cut away, to form the mouth for discharge of the chips or shavings.

A is the body, preferably of metal.

B B are the handles, which are made detachable from the body by means of a screw inserted in the end of the handle, and threaded orifice formed in the end of the body, into which the threaded screw is inserted.

C is the circular knife or cutter, and is secured to the body, which is preferably made of the same circle as the cutter, by the round-headed set-screws b b. Upon the cutting-face of the shave the body is slightly beveled, preferably at a slight angle from the cutting-edge of the circular knife or cutter. This face-bevel is indicated by , the body under the knife or cutter being cut away, as shown in section, Fig. 4.

a is the portion of the body not cut out, and x represents the cut-away portion under the knife or cutter, and which forms the mouth for discharge of the chips.

The great difficulty heretofore experienced in tools of this kind I seek to obviate. I form my knife or cutter circular, in order to obtain a clean cut instead of a scraping action, so common to most tools for the same purpose. Besides, this form of knife or cutter will not chatter, cannot get caught upon any part of the work, nor upon the clothing of the operator. The finest work can be done without danger of injury to the face of the material, and the ample opening in the body under the knife or cutter prevents clogging and facilitates the freest discharge of chips or shavings.

It will be further observed that I am enabled to securely hold the knife or cutter by the direct action of the round-headed set-screws, and no unnecessary protuberance is placed anywhere upon the tool.

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