Record Spokeshave A151 Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Spokeshaves
Tool Type: Spokeshave
Model No: A151 / A151R
This review is about the Record A151 / A151R spokeshaves, sometimes
referred to as the red Record adjustable spokeshaves.
There is a version of the Record A151 with a flat sole / straight bottom and a version with a curved sole / round bottom.
The version with the flat sole was advertised as the Record A151 whereas the curved sole version was advertised as the Record A151R; with the 'R' indicating the spokeshave has a 'Round bottom' and the 'M' indicating the plane is the 'Malleable Iron' version.
The spokeshave is the brother of the Record 0151 spokeshave. The 0151 and the A151 are the same in design with a couple of differences in construction:
- The Record 0151 spokeshave body is made from grey iron with a blue japanning finish.
- The Record A151 spokeshave body is made from malleable iron with a red finish.
The Record A151 / A151R spokeshaves are a 10 inch long adjustable spokeshave. They are advertised as adjustable due to the spokeshave having a fine adjustment mechanism.
The blade can be accurately adjusted by turning the two knurled nuts situated just above the top of the blade. Each nut moves the blade on that respective side upwards or downwards as the nut is turned.
The blade is secured in position by placing the bottom eye of the lever cap through the securing screw and then sliding the lever cap downwards so the securing screw is positioned in the top eye of the lever cap.
Once the lever cap is in position and the blade is in the required position, the lever cap is locked in place by turning and locking the knurled locking nut located at the top of the lever cap. This process is reversed for removing / loosening the lever cap and blade.
The arms on the A151 / A151R are advertised as a 'raised handle'; the handles
are arched and raised slightly above the core middle section.
Each arm has a circular hole drilled through towards each end, allowing the spokeshave to be hung on a nail or hook for storage purposes.
The Record A151 with its flat sole / straight bottom is suitable for a number of fine shaving applications including on convex curved edges.
The Record A151R with a curved sole / round bottom is also suitable for a number of fine shaving applications but is especially suited to concave curved edges.
The tool can be used by pushing or pulling the shave to produce fine shavings.
The spokeshave is usually used with the cutter set in the bevel-down position with a good sharp edge. The cutter edge shouldn't be set too far out that it creates too thick-a-cut or wedges and not too far in that it barely takes a shaving.
As with nearly all tools it is important to regularly sharpen the blade to ensure a sharp edge is always in use; in doing so it will create far better results and a lot less frustration.
254mm (10 inch)
56mm (2 1/4 inch)
Record Spokeshave Blade / Cutter
Cutter: tungsten steel
Cutter Width: 54mm (2 1/8 inch)
Slot Width: 10mm (3/8 inch)
"Record No A151" - found on the spokeshave lever cap face.
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