Judging by the damage that appears on old wooden planes, patience soon runs out when we handle things that are not operated by a switch! Sometimes this damage is terminal but often with a little care and lots of determination the wooden plane will work again.
This video shows the basics of how to handle moulding planes. There is a lot more to investigate and much of that is to do with sharpening, especially when the moulding plane is complex.
It’s hard to know how much interest there is in this subject; after all, many people regard these things as collectable antiques and little else. I see them as versatile, usable and fascinating relics from a time when skill was seen as implicit in the techniques associated with making furniture and other wooden products (windows, doors, etc).
If there are enough like-minded people out there, I would be delighted to share more of my own thoughts and findings. I’m just testing the water at this stage!
-- Allan Fyfe, Lethenty Mill Furniture, http://www.lethenty-mill.com