481 Building a Hock Smoothing kit pt 1

March 25, 2012

Today’s episode is the first in a two (maybe three) part build series featuring the Hock Smoothing Plane Kit from Hock Tools. Previously we had such success building the Hock Shoulder Plane it only seemed like a great idea to come back and build this kit.

Just like before, all the materials for successfully building a completely usable plane were included, all you need to add is glue and some shop time. In less than a weekend you can have a great tool that will quickly become one of your favorites.

In part one, we tackle the assembly process. While it’s very straight forward there are a few key tasks that need to be accomplished to ensure the rest of the setup goes as planned. So follow along and see why this kit maybe your entry into the world of hand planes.

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  1. Jim Brennan says:

    Hi Matt

    I am glad that you are doing the hock plane show, but a little disappointed you are using a kit.

    A few months ago I made one myself using an old David Marks video for guidance. I purchased a 2.5″ Hock plane from Lee Valley, and used wood I had laying around. The core blocks are made from purpleheart and the sides are a lightly figured hard maple. Instead of using a wooden pin to hold the blade I used a solid brass pin.

    One reason I was unhappy about you using a kit was there was no discussion of choices of wood, angles, or technique in routing out the slot for the chip breaker screw.

    Starting from scratch my plane took less than 2 days including glue ups. It was a very satisfying project and looks beautiful (to me). I think had you made one from scratch you could have showed all the construction details, and still told your viewers that if they found it too overwhelming the Hock kit is available.

    Since I have made this plane it has been in use every day. Making cherry trim,edge planing the boards for my boats cabin sole, as well as smoothing out ridges and high spots, It is a joy to use and fiys my hand perfectly

    I love the show, keep up the good work

    I will send you a pic of my plane if you like. Also mu cabin floor for my sailboat is almost complete. I would love to share that with you


    • Matt says:

      Hey Jim

      Thanks for watching, even if you were disappointed LOL! But in all seriousness though, I get what you’re saying about building the plane from scraps or even dedicated stock, but I still think using a kit is a great first step for a vast majority of woodworkers.

      There is a big intimidation factor when it comes to making tools we can use in our shop. It’s one thing to build a project or two that essentially are static pieces, but something like a hand plane can be either a dream to use or a nightmare you’d prefer to forget.

      I also happen to have a book with instructions on creating wooden bodied planes, and it’s always been my intention to build some of them. BUT it wasn’t until I gained a little confidence using this kit that I now know I can complete the task.

      Also on my list for upcoming tools is a spokeshave using some insane Tiger Maple from the guys at Bell Forest, some winding sticks, and maybe even a marking gauge or two.

      I’d love to see your plane, it sounds amazing, not to mention the sailboat floor. Send some pics when you get a chance!

  2. Dave says:

    I’m curious where you got the brass infill mallet seen in the video.

  3. Jim Brennan says:

    Don’t Get me wrong Matt, Great video, great subject, Every wood worker needs to at least make one plane. The Hock Krenov plane is super useful, and an excellent choice. Mine is used almost every single day

    • Matt says:

      I get where you’re coming from, and I appreciate the comments. Unfortunately now you have me thinking too much about making one or two from my existing wood pile lol!

  4. Matt Hartley says:

    I love that you are starting with a kit, it is something i would consider trying to do as a starting point, great 1st half, i look forward to watching the second video.

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