Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Near Boston, Massachusetts
Making moulding planes?
Hey folks. I have about six feet of 3/4" maple that I bought for a project and decided not to use. It's about 6" wide, flatsawn, unexpectedly free of cup, twist, or any other warping, and appears reasonably dry: I don't have a moisture meter yet, though I'm planning to get one soonish.
One option I'm considering is making some moulding planes. I know that I want a set of match planes for 3/4" stock, so this seems like reasonable wood to start with, although I'd have to add a fence to both, possibly by laminating on some half-inch maple. I'd also like some hollows and rounds, although that looks more complex. The match planes seem like a relatively simple place to start (make a grooving plane, then use it to shape the tonguing plane), and I can work my way up from there.
Obviously quartersawn 4/4 or thicker stock would be better, and beech is traditional, but does anyone know of a good reason why this couldn't be made to work? It'll be a while before I try starting this project, since I'll need to get irons and I'm planning to buy the "Making Side Escapement Planes" video and watching it before starting the project. But I'd like to be thinking about it if it's possible, with an intent of starting in a couple of months if I'm going to.