29 comments on “Making a Cornice

  1. Lessons (for me)
    1. ‘Angling’ the cut with the planes! To finish to the guide marks?
    2. Both ways plane (even Paul made that look like hard work).

    The finish is for the eye, not the protractor!

    Thanks Paul.

  2. Many thanks for showing how to do this!

    Is the scrub plane the only option (rather than ripping) for the 45 degree bevels on a long piece? Ripping horizontally at 45 degrees seems impractical, but you couldn’t stand a 6-footer up in the vise.

  3. paul,
    great video and you make it look easy!

    Why choose the rocker bottom plane over a larger round moulding plane over some rebates to form the coving? does it matter?

    Thanks again for the great video!

    • @benbeel i think the idea of using this plane is if you don’t have this plane there is a video on here how to make one , and i guess very few of us will have a collection of moulding planes , that’s my take on it but hey I’ve been wrong before

  4. Same question as Benbeel: what about using a moderate size round (but straight soled) plane? I suppose the radius has to be just under what you want to cut? I have a few odd sized hollows and rounds that I have never used for anything yet…. That would be great if you could show us how to use those properly!
    Thanks!

  5. Nice job, Paul!
    Wondering what is the best joint to join two pieces of cornice on the run?
    Would you use a simple 45 deg or would you dowel or spline it or perhaps a double angle or “V” at the joint.
    Thanks, JIM

  6. Paul

    I have a small selection of hollow and rounds……I made a shoe horn with largest.

    Whilst the little plane is a handy tool, do you see a great advantage over a round plane….please

    Thank you John 2V

  7. I learned:
    (1) “Cornice” and “Crown Molding” are different words for basically the same thing.
    (2) This is what “Zada” Polaski did when he used his multiple planes to make a complex molding.
    (3) I believe I read the grain correctly when you ran into changing grain on just about every surface right about in the middle of the piece of wood.
    (4) What you do with a plane with a sole that is curved both side-to-side and front to back.
    Thank you, sir.

  8. It is fascinating to watch an excellent tutorial on hand made cornice.
    It would be equally fascinating to watch how to create the round bottom hand plane.
    Many thanks for publishing this video, and a superb craftsmanship.

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