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Adam’s Hock block plane kit

Last weekend, Adam bought a block plane kit form Hock Tools, at the Woodworking in America market place. We finally had the time, this weekend, to put it together.

Clamping and drilling the body

Clamping and drilling the body

I tried to let Adam do as much of the work as possible, but I had to help a little. He started by assembling the rear and drilling locating holes. Next he cut the supplied dowel to make the locating pins.

Cutting the dowels

Cutting the dowels

After pinning the rear in place, he repeated the process with the front.

Pinning the back in place

Pinning the back in place

Then he marked the location of the opening in the middle. Once everything was located and marked, the instructions say to take it all apart and apply paste wax to the bottom and the inside surfaces to prevent glue squeeze-out from sticking. We ran into a slight problem getting everything apart at this point. We drove the pins all the way in and they seated very tightly. The thing did not want to come apart… A pair of pliers and a judicious use of a chisel on the outside ends remedied the situation, but I would advise not seating the pins all the way down next time.

Marking the opening

Marking the opening

 

Applying paste wax

Applying paste wax

Adam applied the paste wax, with a paper towel, then the glue, with a brush.

Applying glue

Applying glue

We then re-pinned it and clamped it up and let it set overnight.

Re-pinned and clamped

Re-pinned and clamped

 

Flattening the back of the blade

Flattening the back of the blade

Day two started with sharpening the blade that came in the kit. I flattened the back on my Work Sharp sharpener, then sharpened the front to a 30 degree bevel.

Sharpening the blade

Sharpening the blade

After honing it on the leather wheel, the blade was razor-sharp.

Cuts like a razor

Cuts like a razor

 

Sanding and planing the wedge

Sanding and planing the wedge

With the blade ready and set in place, we sanded and planed the wedge until we had a nice fit.

Wedge fit

Wedge fit

Flattening the sole

Flattening the sole

Then Adam flattened the sole of the plane on a sheet of sandpaper. He used a small mill file to open the mouth just enough for the blade to slip by.

Opening the mouth

Opening the mouth

 

Trimming the dowels flat

Trimming the dowels flat

With all of that done, it was time to shape the plane. We sliced off all of our dowel pins and sanded the sides flat. This enabled Adam to cut the desired curves to the front and back, on the band saw.

Cutting the rough body shape

Cutting the rough body shape

The curves were smoothed out on the spindle sander.

Sanding the curves

Sanding the curves

Then the fine tuning of the shape began.  Adam used my Auriou rasps to round off all of the outside edges.

Rounding the edges

Rounding the edges

 

Final sanding

Final sanding

After a final sanding, we set the blade and he gave it a test run.

Test run successful

Test run successful

 

Adam's plane is complete

Adam’s plane is complete

Perfect shavings! Adam’s plane is complete and just the right size for his small hands.

Finished block plane

Finished block plane

Thanks again to Ron Hock of Hock Tools for putting together this neat little kit, just Adam’s size.

Adam's new best friend, Ron Hock

Adam’s new best friend, Ron Hock

6 comments on “Adam’s Hock block plane kit

  1. Michael Mathews
    September 21, 2014

    Nice job Adam! Lawrence, you’re making great memories! Keep up the good work.
    Michael

  2. Laurence Pylinski
    September 21, 2014

    These are day’s that you both will remember with great fondness:)!

  3. Ron Hock
    September 22, 2014

    Reblogged this on The Sharpening Blog and commented:
    My new best friend built his HOCK block plane kit http://www.hocktools.com/Kits2.htm#KB

  4. Matt Rae
    September 23, 2014

    great post – this looks like a fun project. Did you trim the length of the plane?

  5. Lwroten
    September 23, 2014

    Yes, he cut about an inch 1″ off each end. The kit was about 6″ long originally. Adam wanted it smaller for his hand. I like the longer one that I tried at Ron’s booth at WIA.

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