Hock Shoulder Plane Kit – part II
A quick pass with the band saw and I had the final shape of the plane ready for a quick bit of sanding. The sanding process involved cleaning up the bandsaw marks, flattening the sides as they were slightly uneven. The sole needed a quick pass with sandpaper, while holding the plane up against a square block of wood.
With the plane sanded, I inserted the blade to tune the mouth of the plane. It required removal of roughly 1/32nd of an inch to open the mouth enough to accept shavings. I admit that I created masses of shavings at this point and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
With all the hard work done, I soaked the outside with tung oil, making sure to keep the opening for the blade and wedge clear of oil.
All in all, the experience of building my own wooden plane (even though I used a kit) was extremely satisfying. When I bought the kit from Ron, he asked for feedback on the instructions and video. My feedback is this – it’s perfect – the instructions were flawless to me, particularly when accompanied with the video. If you’re going to get one of these kits, watch the video, read the instructions and you’ll have no problem.
Thanks Ron, this was a great experience.