A few simple planes open the doors to a multitude of mouldings.
By Matt Bickford
I am not a woodworker who uses only hand tools. I use machinery when it is efficient and when it won’t dictate the look of my final product. I use planes to flatten boards wider than my 6″ jointer. I dimension lumber by hand when it will not fit through my 12″ planer. I cut my dovetails with a handsaw. When I became tired of applying the same moulded edges to my projects of various sizes I started to research my options.
Several years ago I became aware of moulding planes. You have seen these during your meanderings through flea markets and auction houses. These planes can be hundreds of years old, thus, when you use them, you will be creating profiles that are appropriate to period work and do not contradict period style. These planes do not make coves and astragals that are the interpreted design of a present-day machine shop, the corporate choice of what the masses may like or the design insanity of squeezing a 31⁄2″ crown ogee into 3⁄4″-thick material.
Blog: Read the author’s blog, “Musings From Big Pink.”
In Our Store: Buy the author’s new book “Mouldings in Practice” (Lost Art Press).
Web Site: Visit the author’s web site and learn about the moulding planes he makes.
To Buy: “Moldings in Practice” Matt Bickford’s new DVD from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. Read more