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>Some Wooden Moulding Planes

>I thought I would show you some of my more unusual moulding planes, I have about 20, and most are hollows and rounds. But I do have a few that maybe of interest. I used to use these, when I worked at the company that took me on as an apprentice, we would make very good quality reproductions of 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th century oak and mahogany British furniture. These were for the most part all hand made including using a pit-saw, hand cut dovetails, and all mortices and tenons would be formed by hand. I didn’t realise at the time but we were basically making fakes for a Dutch antique dealer who would come over once a month, buy everything we had made, and ship them back to Holland. We would use perhaps an old rail, or a drawer that was old, and I found out later that the Dutch would class that as an antique. That would be how the dealer got over the fact that they were made perhaps a month before. This gave me a very good grounding in using hand tools to say the least, also a bad back from being at the bottom of the pit for sometimes a month at a time. So I started acquiring old tools to make these pieces of furniture as faithfully as was required by our old foreman. I thought I would sort through my old tool box today, and I found these three that I once used some 20 odd years ago. The one on the left is an Ogee, the centre a plane for forming cock-beads, and the one on the right an Ogee with a double quirk(I rather think this one is of more use to the joiner).

Here is the largest Ogee in profile.

And here it is in use, its funny it still works, and I haven’t sharpened it in at least 15yrs.

This is the moulding that it forms.

Close up.

The cockbeader(probably not a word).

And the Ogee

This is why I suspect this plane would be of more use to a joiner, I think its for forming glazing bars for some of the sash windows in Norwich, I’ve seen them very similar, and the plane was made by Griffith’s of Norwich too. 

Thank for looking, I hope its of some interest? 

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