If you are curious
about or struggle with moulding planes, planemaker M.S. Bickford has
recently launched a new blog that will open your eyes: Musings from Big Pink.
SketchUp drawings and full-motion video, Bickford has been using his
blog to demonstrate how to create various profiles with hollow and round
planes. The illustrations show you how to create the rabbets and
chamfers that then guide the hollows and rounds to make the completed
I, for one, am thrilled to see this sort of hard-to-find information being put out for woodworkers on a regular basis.
A few good posts to get you started:
Bickford makes very nice moulding planes, of which I wrote a full-page review in the current issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine (December
2010). Let’s hope Bickford keeps up with both the blog and the
toolmaking. Oh, and what the heck’s the deal with the name of Bickford’s
blog, Musings from Big Pink? It’s two-fold: Bickford loves the London
electro-rock group The Big Pink and his workbench – scored from
Craigslist – is big and pink.
— Christopher Schwarz
Interested in Moulding Planes?
• You can visit M.S. Bickford’s main site here: msbickford.com
• Also worth visiting: Old Street Tool, Inc. (formerly Clark & Williams): planemaker.com