The Craftsman's Path #23: In search of a smoothing plane

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Blog entry by Mark Mazzo posted 01-21-2008 06:29 AM 1363 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After contemplating adding a smoothing plane to my shop for quite some time, I finally took the plunge. I looked at some of the beautiful new tools available out there and made my decision…what I decided may surprise you. I take you through the process in this post on my blog.

#4 Stanley Smoothing Plane

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#1 posted 01-21-2008 06:36 AM

Fun stuff!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 01-21-2008 07:57 AM

Nice post, Mark. Thanks for the tip on the Evapo-Rust. I’ve been looking for a non-toxic solution. I cleaned up mine with the Citric acid approach but I’m not completely satisfied. What was the cost?

I just bought a Hock blade for my #4 that I finished tuning last weekend. Worth EVERY penny.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#3 posted 01-21-2008 11:28 AM

I’m with you Jeff, Hocks make quite the difference.

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#4 posted 01-21-2008 04:14 PM

thanks for the tip on the Evapo-Rust. I have used electrolysis to remove rust before and, while it works, I would prefer an easier method since finding containers to hold the tools can be a challenge. I am currently working on two inherited planes, #5 and #8, that have been unused in my shop for years.

I have to go out and try to find a part for the #5 today so I will try the Evapo-Rust as well.

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

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#5 posted 01-21-2008 06:35 PM

Thanks guys.

I’ve been thinking about a Hock blade. Did you guys get a Hock chip-breaker as well?

The Evapo-Rust did work very well. It was about $8 for a quart and it is reusable. Do note that there seem to be at least two products with that name (I noticed this when I searched for the link to put in my blog). The one that I linked is the one I can vouch for – though the others may work, I have no direct experience with them. I got mine at Auto-Zone.

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#6 posted 01-22-2008 04:54 AM

Just saw the same Evapo-Rust in the recent Lee Valley circular…thought that was funny after hearing about it for the firest time yesterday in your blog.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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