The Veritas Pullshave was designed for hollowing or recessing an area; for example, shaping and smoothing chair seats. The unique design is the result of taking a convex spokeshave and reconfiguring it with a handle and knob to make it both easier to use and better suited to rigorous work. It will do the work associated with traditional inshaves and travishers. The 3mm(1/8") thick, lapped, A2 tool steel blade, and carefully machined blade bed and cap iron, all combine to produce chatter free cutting. The blade bed angle is 45° and the sole radius is 89mm(3.1/2"). The ductile cast iron body is fitted with a large rear handle and a front knob of hardwood. The twin adjustment thumb wheels quickly and accurately control the depth of cut.
15 January 2018
A well made, well thought out and flexible toolI agree with the previous review in one respect only - if all you want to do is make chairs then the Windsor Travisher is a better choice for you. If you are not so narrowly focussed, and don't want to limit yourself then this is an extremely flexible tool, especially suited to larger, highly concave surfaces and areas of limited access where the handles of a 'normal' spokeshave prevent it's use.
30 January 2017
A badly designed toolI own lots of Veritas tools as I teach woodworking/chairmaking courses. Their spokeshaves and most of their planes great but this Pullshave is a strangely designed and doesn't work at all. If you want to shape out a chair seat buy a Windsor workshop Travisher.