Joining the Club - The Addiction Begins

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Project by USCJeff posted 05-21-2008 12:08 AM 3908 views 11 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Simply put, This was a fun one. I have a feeling I”m going to be doing a lot more projects that won’t leave the shop in the future. While I’ve tried my hand at many shop projects and jigs, this was my first plane attempt. I decided to go with a simple design for the first attempt.

The plane is a block plane measuring about 6.5”L by 1 11/16” W. That width allowed me to use a 1 5/8” Hock blade. It’s still in the mail so I have a cheap newly produced Stanley blade on it at the moment. I was surprised the Stanley cut so well. It wasn’t so hot on the Stanley plane. The mouth is 1/16”.

It is made from hard Maple and Peruvian Walnut. Both are pretty stable and hard. There are (5) steel rods going through the width of the plane. One of these is for the wedge. The wedge did it’s job with a little tap from a mallet. The Hock blade is longer than the Stanleys which is good. The wedge covers the Stanley completely. Makes it tough for adjustments and keeping it put while securing the wedge.

I routed two small finger grips on opposite sides using a 1/4” core bit in two passes. I used a 1/8” roundover on all the edges that are touched.

The finish was a a coat of GF’s gel varnish, a wiping varnish, and an aeresol varnish. I applied Minwax Paste Wax to the sole to reduce friction.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 05-21-2008 12:30 AM

Very cool looking Jeff. I like the choice of woods.

Aren’t you a little worried about shoving the wedge tighter on the blade when you use it?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-21-2008 12:36 AM


This is nice. It is a gorgeous plane as well. I guess it is a little early to let Veritas and Lie-Nielsen know that there is a new player in the game? :)

I really enjoyed looking at this. Thanks for the post and congrats on a job well done!!!!

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 05-21-2008 12:40 AM

I can tell that could become a serious addiction! Nice work.

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#4 posted 05-21-2008 01:09 AM

very nice get ready to make more.

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#5 posted 05-21-2008 01:35 AM

Gary: Not sure the wedge would get any tighter. I see what you, though. The better part of my palm will be pushing it during a cut. I have to use a mallet tap to wedge/unwedge it. I really don’t think it’ll go in further without creating a divot or such. I’ll have to see. Didn’t even think about that. The design was from one of those Wood Magazine compilation issue so I hope they did!

Just started making a 1/4” Router Plane from a design by Nick Engler. Popular Woodworking supplement I believe.

Scott: I’ll trade for a Veritas or LN any day of the week. Haven’t owned one, but have taken a swipe or two before their owner caught me. He has a “thing” about “his” planes. :) They were effortless. That made me understand what planing should be like and that I avoid it often because of inferior products.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#6 posted 05-21-2008 02:52 AM

great job on the plane. making a plane is something that I’ve always wanted to try but haven’t been able to. yours is really nice to! thanks for the post.

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#7 posted 05-21-2008 03:19 AM

Nice little plane. I bet you’ll have a shelf full of em soon. Lol

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 posted 05-21-2008 03:58 AM

They’re a lot worse addictions to fall into. Very nice. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 05-21-2008 04:13 AM

Great execution Jeff. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#10 posted 05-21-2008 05:23 AM

Love it! Nice design.

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#11 posted 05-21-2008 07:59 AM

That is a really nice looking hand plane I’d really be proud of one like that


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#12 posted 05-21-2008 11:42 AM

That is really nice. Some day…

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#13 posted 05-21-2008 01:24 PM

Excellent job, my first attempt ended up in the scrap pile, but I will try again.

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#14 posted 05-21-2008 07:10 PM

UPDATE: Just got the Hock Blade in the mail. I now know why my Lowe’s/Home Depot planes stink. For starters, it is quite a bit thicker. It seemed that it was sharpened well considering that I haven’t quite got the hang of sharpening quite yet. It made the wedge a little snugger than I cared for so I skimmed it down about 1/16” or so to compensate for the thickness. It cut fantastic. For a comparison, I put it on a $20 Lowe’s bought bottom shelf Stanley plane. While the adjustments were stlil frustrating and the mouth is way too open, the iron made a world of difference. Bottom line: I’d suggest trying a proven iron on a mediocre plane before shelling out LN or Veritas money. Their great planes, but I can’t invest in several of their planes just yet. The $30 spent at Hock seems as it will get me to a decent compromise of results and costs.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#15 posted 05-21-2008 07:56 PM

Nice lines on that sweet little plane!
I went in cheap when I bought a Stanley Low angle block. Getting the Hock after-market blade was certainly the way to go. Those considering a purchase of Hock or Lie-Nielsen should consider checking the price and shipping charges (free at last check) from Craftsman Studio. Thanks again to WayneC for this tip.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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