Reply To: Uncooperative moulding plane advice


Good to see you taking the time to do it.

I’m intrigued by picture 8. This shows the ‘spring’ lines – the angle at which the plane is held to the work to produce the profile. It is marked by the two lines at right angles on the heel of the plane.

There are two ‘flat’ sections of the sole, one on the base, the other on the right side, that should be at right angles; one rests against the side of the work, the other acts as a depth stop when the profile is completed. Usually the spring lines connect these two sections.

Anyway, it’s worth pointing out that these profile planes were intended as a finishing tool once the profile had been roughed to approximate shape with a combination of rebate and groove planes – not to cut the whole thing in one lengthy go.

There are few books on the subject, but this one by Matthew Bickford outlines the whole thing from start to finish. It’s aimed at Hollows and Rounds, but examines the geometry of mouldings and how to make complex shapes simply with basic tools.

“Mouldings In Practice”

It’s worth every penny and will save you a lot of re-invention of various wheels.

Good luck

  • This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by YrHenSaer.