Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
Re: drawknife
Response To:
Re: drawknife ()

William Duffield
There are also ergonomic reasons for the shape and size of the drawknife. If you used a shorter one with the handles closer together, when working on a shavehorse, your elbows and upper arms collide with the sides of your rib cage and belly. This either shortens your stroke or moves some of your force from your biceps to your back and shoulders. The shorter shaves are still useful for exacting work and shorter stock, but for shaping spindles and especially bow backs of Windsors, you want to use as long a stroke as possible.

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