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I Build the Hock Tools Shoulder Plane

At this point in my hand plane collection, I am willing to try building a hand plane. I currently have a Lie Nielsen #4 bench plane, a Lie Nielsen #60R rabbeting block plane and a Veritas low angle jointer plane. A while back, I bought David Finck’s book, Making & Mastering Wood Planes, and even after reading this book, which devotes 192 pages to every aspect of making and using wood hand planes, I still felt intimidated at the thought of building one. When contemplating a fun gift for my recent 55th birthday, I told my wife I wanted a Hock Tools Shoulder Plane Kit. My thinking was building a kit will help ease me into the world of making hand planes – not that I envision making a lot of wooden body hand planes. I don’t, but maybe a couple or three; we will see. The photo at the top of the post shows the kit with all the parts. A benefit of plane building from a kit is that the folks at Hock …

Ron Hock’s The Perfect Edge

In one of Doug Stowe’s books on box making, he wrote something that resonated with me. He said: Hand tools are either a source of frustration or a source of great pleasure, depending on whose hands they are in. I relish the opportunity to work with hand tools but have had my share of frustration in learning to use them well. So true. This frustration is what has kept me from totally embracing hand tools. Now that I have begun to change my ways; to embrace the use of hand tools, I have started upgrading my hand planes and chisels. As I use these tools, keeping them sharp is something I often think about. And this is where some frustration bubbles to the surface – really the feeling I get is more like apprehension. Why? Well, like with many things in woodworking, there are a variety of ways to go about sharpening your tools; some of them involve a lot of money, and I’m not sure which one to use, and what if I made …