Hock plane kit

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Project by David Kirtley posted 07-03-2010 03:49 AM 3585 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I finally got out the kit and put it together. The assembly was real straight forward.

This is a 1-1/2 in plane blade and a “seconds” body. The stock had a couple pitch pockets in it that mostly got trimmed off anyway so I can’t say that it made much difference. I am not put off by wood that actually looks like real wood instead of some perfect plastic version of wood.

The plane kit in itself is deathly simple to put together:

Line up the pieces of stock and clamp it together leaving one blade thickness between the blocks to form the mouth.

Drill some holes in the corner for 1/4 in dowels.

Draw the outline of the throat on the inside of the cheek pieces to know where not to put the glue.

Apply glue and put it together with the dowels in the corner to align things.

Clamp and wait.

Stick in the cross dowel.

Put the blade in to apply some tension.

Dress up the bottom with a plane (or you could use sandpaper on a flat surface)

Open the mouth a bit to expose the blade.

Trim and shape to taste.

Finish and get busy making stuff.

The only deviation I did from the instructions was to open up the mouth more with a file rather than from flattening as I did get things lined up well enough on the glue up to not need to remove that much from the bottom.

I traced an outline of what I wanted for a shape and cut out on the bandsaw. Then I went at it with a rasp to ease the edges and leave a bit of a non-slip texture on the body. A bit of clear Watco and a beeswax polish to make smell pretty and seal it up.

It was a lot of fun and I will definitely make a couple more.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#1 posted 07-03-2010 03:58 AM

I think I saw the plans to this at woodcraft (not sure) I was thinking about getting it but I know how finicky planes can be. Let us know how it works.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#2 posted 07-03-2010 04:03 AM

Hi David-

I would make 1 suggestion and that is to make the the wedge shorter. I find it much easier to strike the iron with my hammer it the wedge is shorter than the iron.

Just my .02


-- mj Ashland, OR & Rockport, ME

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David Kirtley

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#3 posted 07-03-2010 04:07 AM

It works great. Takes nice curly shavings or fairly chunky ones if I set the blade coarsely.

I was really serious that this is no biggie to put together. Here is Ron’s video showing the build.

Other than slipping with the bandsaw, there really is no way to mess it up. The mouth is a bit finicky but take it slow and easy with a file and use a square to check as you go, you really can’t go wrong.

I put it glued it up last night. Waited a couple hours and planed the bottom and put in the pin. Opened the mouth this morning. Shaped it and put on the finish this evening. No muss, no fuss. About 2 hours total work not counting the wait on the glue.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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David Kirtley

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#4 posted 07-03-2010 04:16 AM


Thanks. I just use a tack hammer with a small head to adjust but I don’t trim stuff off until I live with it a while.
I might also put some checkering on the faces of the body to give some grip but I will wait to see how it feels. I do appreciate the input though.

I had made one years ago from a kit from someone else (Maybe Woodsmith or Leichtung Workshops or somewhere) and it is not nearly as nice. I am going to get another kit body from Ron and rebuild it. It would be really easy to make from scratch but suitable wood would cost as much to order as the kit already cut. Besides, I want to order some other stuff from Ron anyway and will be paying shipping anyway.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#5 posted 07-03-2010 04:17 AM

nothing like your owmade tools to use it´s such a pleasure


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#6 posted 07-03-2010 04:29 AM

Nice looking plane. Someday I will build one….someday.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 07-03-2010 07:58 AM

This is a good project, on my to do list. I’m afraid it may not be a simple for me as you make it sound it was for you. Good job though.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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David Kirtley

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#8 posted 07-03-2010 08:09 AM


I took a look at your projects. Looking at that what you have on there, the plane would be a piece of cake. Not nearly as hard.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#9 posted 07-03-2010 11:17 AM

Nice plane, those are some real nice thin cuts it is making!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 07-03-2010 02:31 PM

Good job and very good blade. One thing I suggest that it is more better shorten your wedge a bit and narrow it on the top to give an access for adjusting the blade feed and inclination of the cut. You have a nice blade too. Very clear instructions.

-- Bert

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#11 posted 07-05-2010 10:55 AM

Nice job on the plane, dude. I intend building one from scratch soon and I’m thinking of using quarter sawn purpleheart for the body/sole as I love the look of it. Still looking for a blade. Keepimg an eye on the local for sale ads for a junker to salvage a blade from and that will influence the rest of the build. What size you planning on next?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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David Kirtley

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#12 posted 07-05-2010 03:45 PM

The next one is already made. It’s about 4 inches shorter. I decided to go ahead with some maple I had bought for another project and I already had another blade.

The next project will be a miter plane, but I am waiting until I get some wood and also get some other projects out of the way.

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