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