How to Make a Molding Plane
Sticking with an 18th-century tool
Synopsis: Norman Vandal can’t get along without his set of old molding planes. But when he needed a plane he didn’t have, he made one. Here, he explains how in a way that also helps you get an old plane back in usable condition. First, figure out the molding profile, which will determine the width of the iron. Next, shape the sole of the plane to the reverse profile of the molding, and then true the iron to the sole and get started. He details molding shapes, plane designs, stock options, irons, layout, shaping, and setup. He talks about sawing out the mouth, mortising the wedge slot, making the wedge, shaping the irons, tempering, finishing the wedge, and setting the iron. Side information covers boxing the sole, or adding Turkish boxwood into the sole to reinforce it.
You still can spot old molding planes in antique shops or…