Tagged: Wooden Moulding Planes. Tools
23 January 2018 at 12:41 pm #448410
I’m thinking of attempting to make my own moulding planes, looking at the ones I have it looks challenging but worth a try.
Anyway my question is they are made from hardwood but I’ve noticed on a lot of planes they sometimes have an insert of a different type of wood which seems very hard does anyone know what wood was generally used for the inserts. It seems to be used when the profile asks for a raised section so imagine it is harder for wear production
Adrian23 January 2018 at 12:57 pm #44841923 January 2018 at 12:59 pm #448425
Thanks Dave23 January 2018 at 8:29 pm #448878
Other woods work as well. Persimmon is favored by several USA plane makers.
It is in the ebony family.24 January 2018 at 4:02 am #449215AlanParticipant
Would an old Moulding Plane be a good source of material? They’re cheap enough to find secondhand.
Whatever they’re made from, it’d work again. Re-profile the sole, and add your own iron.
(check-out @Larry‘s link to an Article in Drawer Groove Plane, further down)24 January 2018 at 5:30 am #449264
Are you thinking about planes that cut dedicated Moulding profiles or hollows and rounds, which can produce a variety when used in combination?
( They can even cut the profile for the sole of a dedicated plane.)
Hollows and rounds are decidedly easier to make, especially in the Roubo style.
I just finished by second pair in beech.24 January 2018 at 6:33 am #449291
They look good Larry
initially my intention was to make dedicated moulding planes, for various projects I’m thinking of making. But doing a little more google research came across Tod Herli, so think I may start with the hollows and rounds and work up from there. Just struggling to find a way to buy his DVD at the moment24 January 2018 at 8:59 am #449339
The US dean of plane making is Larry Williams, of Old Street tools ( formerly Clark and Williams)
He has a dvd Lie Neilsen sells that is a must r making traditional planes
And Mathew Bickford has a great book on using them called Mouldings in Practice, printed by Lost Art Press.
He has a blog http://musingsfrombigpink.blogspot.com/2017/
That is a font of information on getting started, so you can delay the book a little. You’ll eventually get it though, lol.
And the Roubo style is a bit easier mostly because it doesn’t require plane floats, which can run a couple hundred for a set.
popular Woodworking Magazine’s April 2016 issue has a complete article by Caleb James on building them with just a half dozen tools you probably already have. ( maybe not the 1/8”chisel, but I built the first one using a piece of O1 steel as a scraper and the saw in my Leatherman tool – great for reaching into the mouth).
His blog has a pdf of the article I built my planes from, the difference being I didn’t use the French counoured profile and stuck with English traditional boxy.
It’s basically like Paul’s method for his poor man’s rebate plane.
It’s the first link on this page.
He also has free plans for making several other planes on that same page.
Look throug both those guy’s Blogs, there’s tons of good stuff there.
Both James and Bickford credit the Williams dvd for getting them started.
And James has even made Roubo style profile Planes like this one.24 January 2018 at 10:11 pm #450107
Thank you very much Larry, excellent information.
Off now to get started30 January 2018 at 1:02 am #457016ehiseyParticipant
Another good wood for “boxing” is dogwood. It is a very hard wearing wood, while not much use in furniture do to size, it is a good size for tools. I am just finishing a dogwood spokeshave right now.
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