Stanley Spokeshave - No. 151 / 151R

stanley spokeshave 151 / 151R
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Stanley Spokeshave 151 Review By: I.Ball

Category: Old Spokeshaves

Manufacturer: Stanley

Tool Type: Spokeshave

Model No: 151 / 151R


This review is about the Stanley 151 / 151R spokeshaves. There is a version of the Stanley 151 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 Stanley 151 whereas the curved sole version was advertised as the Stanley 151R; with the 'R' indicating the spokeshave has a 'Round bottom'.

The Stanley 151 / 151R spokeshave is still available to buy new.

The spokeshave is the brother of the Stanley 151M spokeshave. The 151 and the 151M are the same in design with a couple of differences in construction:

stanley spokeshave 151 / 151R

- The Stanley 151 spokeshave body is made from grey iron with a black jappaning finish.

- The Stanley 151M spokeshave body is made from malleable iron with a silver grey hammered finish.

The Stanley 151 spokeshave is a 10 inch long adjustable spokeshave. The 151 is advertised as adjustable due to the spokeshave having a fine blade 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 lever cap on the old Stanley 151 / 151R spokeshaves have a steel look.

stanley spokeshave 151 / 151R

The handles on the 151 are advertised as a 'raised handle'; the handles are arched and raised slightly above the core middle section.

Some versions have a meshed grip towards the end of the arms.

Each handle has a circular hole cut in the end to allow the tool to be hung from a hook in the workshop.

The Stanley 151 with its flat sole / straight bottom is suitable for a number of fine shaving applications including on convex curved edges.

The Stanley 151R 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.

Spokeshave Construction

cast iron

Blade Adjusters:

Spokeshave finish:

Spokeshave Dimensions

254mm (10 inch)

Cutter Bed:
45 degrees

Mouth Width: 56mm (2 1/4 inch)

Stanley Spokeshave Blade / Cutter

Cutter Width: 54mm (2 1/8 inch)

Slot Width: 10mm (3/8 inch)

Spokeshave Markings

"No 151" - found on the rear of the spokeshave.

Manufactured Dates

<1934 - Today

Spokeshave Also Known As

Stanley curved spoke shave
Stanley flat spoke shave
Stanley round pull shave
Stanley wood shaving tool


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