More From Matt on Molding Planes

bickford_0407Tuesday 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.

sandpaper_flattening_2Additionally, Matt walks through what to look for in the plane irons to make sure you have your hands on good candidates to bring  back from the unused or forgotten.

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.

— Glen D. Huey

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6 thoughts on “More From Matt on Molding Planes

  1. When will Matt’s video be available?

  2. By the way, there is a “u” in “moulding”. Just ask Matt.
    ( I know; you’re a contemporary so you don’t bother with the “u”. It’s kind of like a Shinto.)

    1. Mitch,

      You are correct. Spelling molding with a “u” is from England, and a Shinto is from Japan. Both come to us from other countries. You have a right to use one or both. I choose to use a Shinto because it makes my work in the shop easier. The other was thrust upon me (and others) for years and I don’t see the necessity to continue that practice.

      Matt doesn’t always comply, either. Take a look at his website. His newest DVD, available from Lie-Nielsen, is titled without the “u.”

    2. Mitch,

      If by, “like a Shinto” you mean useless and not necessary, you are correct. But if you mean it is required for proper spelling, not so much. Molding with a “u” is the European spelling of the word. We, however, are an American publication produced by American authors and editors dealing primarily with American furniture and woodworking techniques. The closest we’ve come to anything European is the pieces we’ve done with Frank Klausz (who, by the way, is an American of Hungarian descent). We’ll keep on molding our pieces properly, thanks.

      1. Shintuo?

        1. More like, “Shuinto.”

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