With only the help of Larry Williams DVD Making Traditional Side Escapement Planes I made a half set of hollows and rounds. They are profiled, hardened, oiled, stamped and in working order.
They are made out of Cherry. I purchased the iron blanks from Lie-Nielsen. I was concerned about hardening the irons myself. The process went very smoothly. The irons seem to be holding an edge quite nicely.
The most difficult part, by far, was stamping them. Swinging a 3 lb ‘hammer’ accurately against a 2″ stamp being held with pliers against the end of 10″ plane that is only clamped at the bottom 3″ is a skill that I did not have. I probably tested 100-150 swings over a few days before I was comfortable. Endurance certainly came into play. I purchased the stamp from Mazzaglia Tools.
I am currently making a moving fillester (or filletster?) and then a pair of snipes bills.
As for time, I don’t know how long it took me to make the 18 pictured. I think that I could now make a pair in 5-6 hours.
I am happy to answer any questions. Larry’s DVD will answer most, if not all.