Tool Test: Bickford Moulding Planes


From high finance to high-quality planes.
By Christopher Schwarz
Page: 20

From the December 2010 issue # 187
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Vintage moulding planes are tricky beasts. Typically the wood is warped, the irons are misshaped and the wedges are beat to snot. So it’s no wonder that people struggle with the tools.

This year Matt Bickford became a fulltime planemaker to help supply woodworkers with moulding planes that work like they should. Bickford is a long-time woodworker and a former derivatives trader who gave up the world of high finance to build planes in his basement shop, mostly by hand and with incredible attention to detail.

This year I purchased some of his tools and have been building furniture with them. I am impressed.


From the December 2010 issue # 187
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