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Project by Tim Dahn posted 1487 days ago 3505 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made a new Krenov style plane to replace my cheapo craftsman block plane. I used the 1 1/4” Hock blade along with the plans for the 6” plane. The plane body is made from curly maple. I plan on using the plane for a while before finishing the shaping but it feels pretty good as it is. I am very pleased with the results, so much so that now I am considering a smoother to replace the Stanley #4.

Update June 2010: I did not pay close enough attention to grain direction and had some chip out around the mouth which made it difficult to get a fine shaving so I removed the sole on the joiner and replaced it with Ipe which was another wrong decision, Ipe is brittle and splinters easily when thin. This time I removed just enough to remove the chipping an added a bloodwood sole and spent the afternoon giving this thing a final sanding and quick coat of oil/poly mix and waxed the bottom. The last four pics are of the finished plane.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.





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degoose

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#1 posted 1487 days ago

This is one of those things that I will have to try… I see the kits in the cataloques… might try one of these first

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#2 posted 1487 days ago

Nice block plane.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Tim Dahn

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#3 posted 1487 days ago

Degoose, I have seen the kits also, the Hock website sells the plans for pocket change. The plans are full size with instructions.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Marco Cecala

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#4 posted 1487 days ago

Just finished the Hock Kit complete with wood and metal. Easy to assemble, works like a dream. Why doesn’t everybody have one of these? At less than 100 bucks, you can’t beat the deal.

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Cobra

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#5 posted 1487 days ago

Good job, looks nice. I’m planning to make some too. Probably all three of these ones. Here’s a link to a site that shows all the angles and dimensions.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/home_improvement/furniture/1273456.html?page=1&c=y

I have a pdf version that’s easier to read but I don’t know how to post it. If anyone know’s or is interested, let me know.

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Karson

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#6 posted 1486 days ago

Good Lookin. Nice shavings.

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JuniorJoiner

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#7 posted 1486 days ago

being a student at Inside passage, I have made a few planes. even from maple, but I have found maple to be too soft for this. so I suggest adding an applied sole of a harder wood if you experience any wearing problems.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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Tim Dahn

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#8 posted 1486 days ago

Cobra, I have that link saved, looks like the same instructions/plan from Hock.

Karson Thanks, it really works great! I like the feel of it too.

JunionorJoiner, Thanks for the tip, I’ll keep an eye on the bottom for wear, shouldn’t take too long to replace if needed.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#9 posted 1486 days ago

cool little plane
I´ll bett it will
serve you well

Dennis

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something_vague

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#10 posted 1394 days ago

So is this your first Krenov style plane? It is usually suggested to start off with a jack size plane (#5 Stanley equivelent) but I really don’t need another jack plane. I would also like to try a block size plane as my first but was worried that it might be too finicky. Also, I do not own a bandsaw and was worndering if you cut yours on a bandsaw? I was thinking I might be able to pull it off on my tablesaw that is very well set up, just will have to account for a little more lose to the kerf size. Nice work man.

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#11 posted 1394 days ago

Looks good

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Tim Dahn

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#12 posted 1393 days ago

something_vague, Yes this was my first attempt at a plane, it was fairly easy to make and set up, not finicky at all. I made all of the cuts on my table saw prior to glue up. The band saw was used after glue up to rough shape it. I used the wrong piece for the bottom (need to consider grain direction) and the mouth chipped out when I chopped out the mouth opening, I have replaced the bottom with some Ipe (really straight grain). I will have to post a pic when time allows.
Thanks for the comments, and a1Jim too!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Tim Dahn

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#13 posted 1389 days ago

Just added some new pics of plane after some re-working of the sole.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Dennisgrosen

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#14 posted 1389 days ago

that is a niiiiice sole for the plane didn´t saw that earlyer

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Karson

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#15 posted 1388 days ago

Very nice modifications.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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