For the study of Wooden Moulding Planes

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Welcome to Vintage Woodies…

I can’t say that this new site is unique, but I haven’t stubbled across a similar one in my internet travels. What makes it different than the others is that it is not so much a learning site for its viewers as it is for the site’s administrator.

I have a thing for wooden moulding planes. The whole concept of them intrigues me. One to two hundred years ago, some guy got up one morning, went to work, selected a hunk of wood and started working it. He cut that block to a specified width, worked its shape and created its profile. He cut a slot through it then straightened and flattened its sides. He may or may not have added a second strip of wood, one that was smoother and harder than the main block, to the profile. He then fitted a blade to it and made a wedge to hold that blade in place. Once everything was completed, he then gave the whole thing a surface and a finish that would rival some of the best made furniture. When he was done, a plane was born. Brilliant.

What most of these planes did over their lifetimes, we will never know. They could have been used to create mouldings for great works of architecture, shaped the legs or edges of tables and chairs for kings and queens, or used to do nothing more than shape the heads of small wooden pegs used to hold the heel to a boot. Even when these planes have been handed down from generation to generation, it is still never truly known exactly what specific projects they helped create.

All these years later, we come along and purchase these things for a mere pittance on eBay, from a dealer or from some garage sale. We take them home, clean them up a bit, sharpen up the blade and then put them on a shelf somewhere, using them occasionally for one project or another. If they haven’t been abused by neglect or through improper use, they work as well today as they did way back when, the day that craftsman turned a block of wood into a plane.

When I started to try to learn a bit about these planes I was soon staggered by the depth of information that had to be consumed. There is so much involved in these simple devices it is inconceivable that anyone could remember it all, especially me. Hence this site.

What I will be doing is picking a topic that deals with planes, research all of my reference material, create line drawings of anything pertinent, then post it all here so we can all access it in the future.

If you would like to participate in this process, please, be my guest.

If you would like to submit your own articles and reference material, please feel free to do so.

The whole concept here is to learn about something that many of us appreciate and enjoy. Because I am a firm believer in sharing knowledge and information, I have opened this exercise up to anyone else who might find it of interest. Remember, though, if you take from this site, it behooves you to return in kind. Using the excuse that you don’t have time to share what you know should also mean that you do not have the time to take what you don’t know. Life’s a circle, remember.

Now lets get learnin’ about vintage woodies.

Mitchell

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3 responses

  1. Robert Mullins

    Can’t tell you how excited I am to find this. I don’t know too much about these planes, but have done some reading and watched the video available through Lie-Nielsen. I also took a class at Roy Underhill’s school on making a moulding plane. I have QS Beech air drying; over two years old now. I plan on making a set of Hollow and Rounds out of it real soon, but have had many questions about them. Hope to find some answers here! Thanks.

    May 25, 2012 at 1:10 am

  2. Keep up the good work, nice to come across another enthusiast.

    September 29, 2015 at 2:00 pm

  3. Hi Mitch,
    Replied to your email, no response, perhaps you could check your junk mail, of course I can send again. Bob

    October 9, 2015 at 1:34 pm

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