I’m involved in top secret negotiations. I could give you the full details, but then I’d have to… well, you know…
My source inside the steamy underbelly of the woodworking world turned me on to a secret cache that could have international significance. I reached out to the treasure’s keeper through an encrypted channel late last night and the response was immediate. We began tense negotiations that continue today, as I await visual confirmation of the intelligence. It’s a touch and go situation inside a dimly lit, smoke filled room and everything is at stake. If negotiations succeed, the Stumpy Nubs workshop will be changed forever.
All I can tell you is this: I found a guy on with a set of 18 rare molding planes. I want them.
Why do I want molding planes? I own several routers and a pile of bits. When I have some profiles to cut, it’s vastly more efficient to buy a bit and run the stock through. Do I really see myself giving up decades of woodworking progress and returning to the tedium of the old ways?
Yes, and no… You see, I love my routers. I spend hours just sitting in my chair imagining new ways to put those workshop workhorses to work. But, have you ever tried to find an authentic, vintage profile bit at your local Home Depot? Modern furniture may be all about half rounds and ogees (is that pronounced “O-Ge” or “O-Gee”?), but the styles of the past were much more complex. And many of those stunningly beautiful profiles have been given up for the sake of mass production and standardized designs. Sure, you can have any profile made on a custom router bit. But you’d better mortgage the shop if you plan on getting more than one or two!
And there’s something to be said about cutting those profiles by hand instead of machine. For one thing, there is nothing in this world, I kid you not, like the sweet sound of a molding plane on hardwood. If you can listen to that sound, and feel the wood curl out the top and onto your hand as you run the edge without getting goose pimples, you have no soul.
But, I’ve said too much… It’s back to the negotiating table to see if this cache of woodworking history can become mine… I’ll keep you updated.
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