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Monday I had a class in my shop which was taught by Matt Bickford, a wooden plane maker from Connecticut. This class was geared toward professional carpenters, not hobbyists. The majority of carpenters don't use many handtools of any form so I was a little concerned how things would go. Everybody had read his book prior to the class but most had never used a moulding plane. After making the required rabbets on the tablesaw each person was able to make a passable molding after about an hours worth of practice. After about 5 hours of lecture and practice the consensus was that short runs of mouldings could be made fast enough and well enough to be profitable and two of the guys put in an order for a couple of pairs of planes, I was very surprised.

For people interested in learning to use moulding planes I would recommend getting a copy of Matt's book.
 
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