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Forum topic by Greg In Maryland posted 10-28-2015 10:50 PM 773 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Greg In Maryland

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10-28-2015 10:50 PM

Hi all,

I am planning on making several crown moulding picture shelves similar to this:

out of solid cherry using hand planes—hollows and rounds, rabbet planes, etc.

What makes the most sense? Make the individual moulding components and building them up one at a time to a profile I want, or gluing up a solid piece and cutting away with the planes? I do not have a specific profile in mind, but I probably will rely on M. Bickford’s book for guidance. I do have power tools available and will use them as needed, but I would like all the profiling to be accomplished with the planes. I’ll use a french cleat arrangement to hold the whole thing up.

I am thinking about a shelf about 4-6 feet long, about 4-5 inches tall and 3-4 inches in depth. Not too big, but hopefully not too puny for the scale.



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#1 posted 10-28-2015 11:16 PM

This is also one of my to-do projects, with hand tools. A while back I found this on the hyperkitten site (one of the places with all the Stanley plane type features) as a possible way to tackle it, which is basically carving it out of one big chunk. He said he didn’t plan it out the best way and started out with too large of a blank instead of a smaller one, which meant taking off a lot more wood. Other than that, it seems to be pretty straightforward.

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#2 posted 10-28-2015 11:29 PM

I also think it depends on the profile. The picture you show is built up from multiple stock profiles (I believe).

I don’t believe there is a standard. I think a blog of your trials (and errors) would be fantastic!

Have at it with some planes and see what strikes your fancy. There is no wrong.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 10-29-2015 01:57 AM

Thanks Travis and Don.

I did see the hyper kittten blog post, but that was just about it.

Don, you are right: “there is no wrong” I was, however, trying to avoid needless deadends. the picture I grabbed was just something I found on the intranet and like you, I think it is built up.

Thanks for the suggestion about the blog. Since there is a dearth of info about creating them using hand planes, maybe I’ll give it a shot. All I need to do is learn how to hold a camera, type and do woodworking at the same time.


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