I have recently been working on a candle stand design that involves making a hexagonal post that I wrote about here a couple of days ago. Hexagons show up in furniture occasionally, honeybees are completely enamored with them, pencils, and chair parts sometimes.
They can be made with just hand planes alone, no jigs required. Here is the process I have been using that works quiet well. The post I am working on here is a tapered hexagon post 22″ long, it took about 30-40 minuets to complete.
There are several ways to speed up the process even more. A hatchet or draw knife would work well for roughing in the facets and reduce the amount of jack plane work. Another method I have thought about but not tried yet, after the layout is complete, chuck it up in a lathe, turn the blank to a rough cone and then handplane in the facets.
That’s all I got; Hex it up!