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Well, in the old days, they went at it with gouges and scrapers. Labor was cheap.
I worked in a shop that did reproduction work and that’s how they did it. I doubt huge numbers were ever made. These were pieces for the elites. Most people never even saw something like these.
It was the Victorian era that saw the proliferation of this kind of work as part of the industrial revolution. The first heavy duty line shaft/belt powered spindle Moulder appeared around 1870. Before that, small pedal powered units were available before the civil war in this country. The Barnes model below first appeared in a catalogue in 1877.
There were curved moulding planes, mostly in the carriage maker’s trade, but I don’t think they produced many arch tops.
- This reply was modified 4 years, 1 month ago by Larry Geib.