|Project by Mattyboy||posted 06-25-2015 08:45 PM||1774 views||11 times favorited||15 comments|
I’d been disgusted with eBay, Etsy and tool dealers, so I researched moulding planes and decided to try making some of my own. Here are three pairs – #6, #8 and #10 (using the “sixteenths” nomenclature). On five of these I cheated by making them from laminations. For those who want to know how, I wrote a full blog about it here. The sixth plane (the 1/2” radius hollow) was mortised by hand and cleaned up with chisels (no floats).
Since this is experimental, I used wood that I had on hand – nothing quartersawn or even all that hard. I think the wood is alder, but not sure. Finished with three coats of BLO. The iron blanks came from Lie-Nielsen and were a bear to shape as I have no grinder.
The last picture shows a typical profile that I’ll be able to make using these planes.
I have a question for you. I made the #6 hollow a little different from the others, based on an old moulding plane that I have. Typically, H&R planes have a chamfer on the left side, tapering to the bottom. On this plane I put a chamfer on the right side as well. I’m uncertain about whether or not this is ever done with H&R planes, but one of the old ones I’ve got was made that way.
Disclaimer: No electrons were harmed in the making of these planes.
-- Matt, Northern CA