|Project by Rob Drown||posted 07-20-2009 06:54 PM||2755 views||2 times favorited||15 comments|
I refurbished three planes, a Stanley Bailey #7 jointer, Stanley Bailey #6 scrub and a new Arnet shoulder plane. On the #7, I flattened the sole, gave it a thorough cleaning and put in a Hock HS blade. Hock blades are thicker and harder than the original and take me a while to sharpen but no chatter and the blade stays sharp. After flattening the sole, the #6 got a radiused Hock blade (10” R @ 25 deg bevel). Wow does it hog off wood. Talk about an upper body work out. The Arnet was fairly flat out of the box. The blade depth adjustment is sloppy and I thightened it as best I could but there is too much clearance for a new plane. The blade is much softer than the Hock and wasn’t cut square. This new plane took more work to make it usefull than the two ebayers. The shavings tell the story. The jointer was able to get down to right at thou at the whispy edge. Wow is it fun to make planes work well.
The blades are protected with a piece of magnetic plastic from the local pizza joint so it is ok to sit the blades on the marble.
If you order a blade directly from Hock blades, The three times I have called, I have talked directly to Ron Hock. He knows blades, steel and is a pleasure to work with. He custom cut the radiused blade and chip breaker for the scrub plane for just a little extra. He is the best!! His blades are flat but you still have to remove some machining marks. Hock = Hard so allow some honing time.
-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真