|Project by USCJeff||posted 05-21-2008 12:08 AM||3313 views||11 times favorited||21 comments|
Simply put, This was a fun one. I have a feeling I”m going to be doing a lot more projects that won’t leave the shop in the future. While I’ve tried my hand at many shop projects and jigs, this was my first plane attempt. I decided to go with a simple design for the first attempt.
The plane is a block plane measuring about 6.5”L by 1 11/16” W. That width allowed me to use a 1 5/8” Hock blade. It’s still in the mail so I have a cheap newly produced Stanley blade on it at the moment. I was surprised the Stanley cut so well. It wasn’t so hot on the Stanley plane. The mouth is 1/16”.
It is made from hard Maple and Peruvian Walnut. Both are pretty stable and hard. There are (5) steel rods going through the width of the plane. One of these is for the wedge. The wedge did it’s job with a little tap from a mallet. The Hock blade is longer than the Stanleys which is good. The wedge covers the Stanley completely. Makes it tough for adjustments and keeping it put while securing the wedge.
I routed two small finger grips on opposite sides using a 1/4” core bit in two passes. I used a 1/8” roundover on all the edges that are touched.
The finish was a a coat of GF’s gel varnish, a wiping varnish, and an aeresol varnish. I applied Minwax Paste Wax to the sole to reduce friction.
-- Jeff, South Carolina