Favorite Old Tool(s) #4: Molding Tools

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Blog entry by Paul posted 05-16-2007 04:50 PM 843 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I can’t seem to master embedding the pictures in the blog so I guess we’ll stay with the link.

1. Four Wooden Molding Planes – The far left is a center bead plane and the remaining are three different sizes of side bead planes.

2. I’m not a purist, but I do like to do something by hand in every project. It may only be one mortise and tenon of several, but perhaps one. Here’s a close up pciture of a side bead detail I put on the face frame of an ash china hutch with the plane third from the left in the previous picture.

3. Three examples of old multi-planes. Basically metal frames and fences with height adjustments, depth stops, etc. that hold interchangable miolding profile blades. These babies replaced a whole shelf-full or box full of wooden molding planes. In set-up, they’re time-consuming and fussy for the occassional user like me, but I’m sure one could become proficient and speedy changing profiles.

4. The Stanley 45 – they also made a 55 which is even more complicated and could produce even more profiles with a wider assortment of attachments and blades.

5. Close-up of some Stanley 45 blades

6. The Craftsman 45 – The Craftsman copy of the Stanley 45

7. The Fulton 45 – The Fulton copy of the Stanley 45

8. Not old, but what we use now to make a bead. The router bit sitting on the corner of my unfinished Thorsen Table.

-- Paul, Texas

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#1 posted 05-16-2007 06:50 PM

and the link??? :)

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#2 posted 05-16-2007 09:04 PM

To link your pictures, right click the image you want to embed and select properties. There is a url that you can copy and then past into the Insert Image URL dialog box. I normally will then enter a description and then if you want the picture to send the user somewhere if they click it, you can enter a URL for where you would like to send them.

For example,

Your Picture

Which of your planes do you actually use? All of them? I've thought about getting a #45 to play with. I've not explored molding planes much.

Deb. The bullets above are links.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 05-17-2007 01:00 AM

Sorry, just click anywhere in the post and it will link to the pictures. I’m not sure what I did to make it that way.

I’ve used all of the above wooden molding planes and I’ve tinkered with hollows and rounds. I’ve used a metal rabbet, but not my wooden rabbets. I’ve tinkered with the forty five, but as I alluded, I would have to mess with it alot more to get proficient in changing out blades and setting it up quickly.

-- Paul, Texas

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#4 posted 05-17-2007 03:09 AM

If I were rich, I’d like to have them all. I think it would be a hoot to use them.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 05-20-2007 03:58 AM

I actually think there was an error in the picture link code the day you posted this. Martin said something about fixing a link issue.

So, when is your next post in this series? I like looking a cool old tools. : ^ )

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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