|Project by TroutGuy||posted 01-17-2012 08:52 AM||2005 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
Santa left one of Ron Hock’s beautiful Krenov style smoother kits in my stocking last month. I guess that means I was a good boy! Thanks Santa!!! I had been thinking about making one of these for a while now (not necessarily from a kit), and this was a great way to get my feet wet.
The wood is Jarrah – an Australian eucalyptus. Assembly was very straight forward, and after watching the videos on his web site, I dove in. It really IS as easy as he makes it look. It took me a little longer than it does in the video, but I took my time, intent on ‘getting it right’. I was a little concerned about filing the mouth correctly, but I must be pretty close, because it works flawlessly.
I did have one question that led me to call Hock Tools, and I can tell you that Ron really does answer the phone. He was happy to answer my question, and it was a pleasure chatting with him for a couple of minutes.
I roughed the shape with a band saw, oscillating spindle sander, and belt sander. Final shaping was done with rasps and sandpaper. It fits my hand well, and cuts like a dream. Final size: 10 3/8” x 2 1/4” x 2 1/4”.
I’m still debating whether to put a finish on it, or leave it natural. I’m open to suggestions…
1 – side view
2 – oblique view
3 – the heel (Note that a little more material was removed from the upper left side, than from the upper right. That was intentional.)
4 – the mouth
5 – Mom, it followed me home and built a nest. Can I keep it, PLEASE???
6 – Flattening and squaring up the sides of an African mahogany stair rail fitting (bent lamination), in preparation for routing part of the profile. Like butter…
After using this for a couple of days, I know that I will be making more….without the training wheels. :) Next? Maybe a jack, or an 18” – 24” jointer…
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