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Project by TroutGuy posted 01-17-2012 08:52 AM 1627 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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…

Pics:
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…

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 01-17-2012 12:01 PM

Great job, looks like it shaves some nice thin slices! I really need to make one of these. I think a finish would be great! Enjoy!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Jeff

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#2 posted 01-17-2012 08:28 PM

I say let the oils from your hands and elbow grease put the finish on it. If you must add a man made finish, I suggest BLO or tung oil.

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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#3 posted 01-17-2012 09:45 PM

A nice plane well done.

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takingturns

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#4 posted 01-18-2012 12:07 AM

I want to make on too!!

-- Taking Turns

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#5 posted 01-18-2012 01:09 AM

Sweet Plane. I’ll be following your blog when you start the training wheel less version. Thanks for sharing!

-- - As a woodworker, it could be interesting sometimes waking up in the morning and asking, "Lord, what will you have me do today?" -Noah

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#6 posted 01-19-2012 04:48 AM

Looks like a comfortable plane to use.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/

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