|Project by fatandy2003||posted 04-24-2012 07:26 PM||2570 views||5 times favorited||7 comments|
I was in Woodcraft and saw one of the Hock hand plane kits and that inspired me. So, I found a Hock 1-5/8” replacement blade, a 2”x2”x12” block of Tasmanian Blackwood and a 1/4”x4”x24” piece of quilted maple.
I squared up the block of Blackwood, then cut a 45 and 65 out of the middle and glued up the maple on the sides with the help of some pieces of a 1/4” walnut dowel. For the pin I sawed off both ends of a 3/8” lag bolt to leave a smooth sturdy metal pin.
I left it square for a while, but it was uncomfortable to use it because of the way my hands sat… then it got interesting. I had a nice piece of koa sitting in the basement so I cut out a small handle with a coping saw. I then used the coping saw and an orbital sander to shape up the front a back to fit my hands perfectly. Yeah, it looks pretty funky, the sides are not symmetrical, and the front looks like a sloth with its mouth open, but it fits my hand like a glove and it takes thinner than paper thin shavings off everything from pine and mahogany to maple and ash.
-- -- Andy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine