Marples Spokeshave - No. M151 / M151R

marples spokeshave M-151 / M-151R
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Marples Spokeshave M151 Review By: I.Ball

Category: Old Spokeshaves

Manufacturer: Marples

Tool Type: Spokeshave

Model No: M151 / M151R


This review is about the old Marples M151 / M151R spokeshaves made by William Marples of Sheffield. These spokeshaves are often simply referred to as Marples 151 spokeshaves.

On later versions, certainly by 1965 they were referred to as MA151's.

The Marples Spokeshave M151 was an adjustable spokeshave made in a flat soled and a round soled version.

The version with the flat sole was advertised as the Marples M151 whereas the curved sole version was advertised as the Marples M151R; with the 'R' indicating the spokeshave has a 'Round bottom' and the 'M' indicating the plane is the 'Malleable Iron' version.

marples red spokeshave M151 / M151R

The Marples Spokeshave M-151 was in similar form to the Stanley 151 spokeshave with the main difference being the markings and the colour scheme.

The M151 spokeshave is 10" long with raised arms and fitted with a 54mm (2 1/8") wide spokeshave cutter.

The black lever cap is marked 'Marples'. I think the later model's lever cap was marked 'Marples, MA151' and may not have been black.

The red body has no markings.

The cutter on this Marples spokeshave was marked: 'W Marples, Sheffield, England'.

marples spokeshave M151 / M151R

The blade depth of cut is controlled by loosening the lever cap and turning the two nuts at the top of the spokeshave blade.

Spokeshave Construction

marples spokeshave 151 / 151R


Blade Adjusters:

Spokeshave finish:

Spokeshave Markings

"Marples" - found on the spokeshave lever cap face.

Manufactured Dates

M151: <1937 - 1955>

MA151: <1965>

Spokeshave Also Known As

Marples red adjustable spoke-shaves
Marples 151 round and flat spoke-shaves
Marples red pull shave
Marples red wood shaving tool


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