I had a fairly good block plane, which I still have and decided that I should have a spokeshave to shape these hunks of hardwood. The hardwood was reclaimed skid material so I have no idea what sort of wood, but it was hard, probably ash. After roughing the basic shape out with a jig saw I set to work with my hand tools. I already loved my block plane and was pretty good at using it though I suspect that it was fairly dull. The spoke shave was a bafflement and a disappointment. It seemed as though it was meant only for tearing and gouging wood and certainly not a tool for finishing or hardwood.
A few days ago I had finally put in the time to sharpen my home forged lathe roughing gouge and then it needed a handle.
I knocked the corners off the laminated handle and started to work with my block plane, the one from years and years ago. It occurred to me that I was older, smarter and had the entire resources of the internet available to me, so I should be able to get that silly little spoke shave working. I read some blogs and watched some videos and then took the old but barely used spokeshave out and started to check it out. First thing, it was so dull that it wouldn't have cut cheese let alone oak. Now I have a "work sharp" and I can get the spokeshave's blade very sharp. Very sharp is absolutely critical to success with a spokeshave I discovered, now the blade is very sharp, the tool does it job just fine.
I can see this little tool become a handy go-to tool now that I have figured it out.