Tuesday morning as the door to our office opened, Matt Bickford filled the frame. He is our first guest instructor. Yes, he’s in town from Connecticut to hold two classes at 360WoodWorking, both of which are focused on molding planes. You know, hollows and rounds and more. If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s too late to make a plane. Class starts today. But if you’re free during the weekend, we still have a couple of benches open for the second session. It’s using hollows and rounds to make moldings. Matt supplies the planes and teaches you how to use them to produce high-quality molding designs.
While he’s here, of course, you know we’re going to entice him to record a video on something about molding planes for an upcoming issue. He suggested refurbishing molding planes. Yes, please. We were all for it.
During the video Matt shares what to look for if you’re searching for a pair of hollows and rounds to purchase – there are a few key things to check. There is also one thing that you’ll always find. If you didn’t know to expect it, it could possibly stop you from purchasing a pair to refurbish.
He then shows how to bring them back into working order, including a great tip he uses to flatten a plane’s sole. It doesn’t involve a long-bed jointer – I know, I was shocked, too. It does involve, however, sandpaper. He uses the hollow to refine the round, and the round to refine the hollow. Or is that vice versa!
If you want to discover what to look for and what to do to save you time and money, you’ll need to become a member of 360 Woodworking. You’ll get to review Matt’s video and 98 previous articles about all phases of woodworking.