Moulding Planes in Practice

Nothing to do with Matt Bickford. This is a video on joiners restoring a historical house using the same tools and methods they used when first built. As I don’t understand the language it’s not hard to follow along and gain a good understanding as to what they’re doing. Start from 11:24 and he’ll show you the different types of moulding planes he uses to reconstruct this beautiful interior. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Btw this movie was suggested on Matt’s blog check it out.

6 thoughts on “Moulding Planes in Practice

  1. What is also very interesting is the way to produce a curved board without producing scrap wood (and with hand tools)..
    I have more then once pointed to this video in comments for this last reason.

    There are plenty of techniques to learn from this. E.g. how he cuts the pegs after assembly.

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  2. I was amazed at the condition of the turning saw. It has obviously been well cared for, but it has been filed to the point the the Disston etching was starting to disappear into the tooth line.

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  3. The house they are working on is in an open air museum in Stockholm called Skansen where they have all sorts of old houses from small farmer cottages to older city houses, work shops and stores from many different trades.
    This particular house was built to replicate a higher class house where the furnishings was saved from a rich merchants house when it was demolished in the 60:ies.
    The carpenters in this clip were reproducing the window linings and architraves using old tools and procedures as well as researching the how and why’s of the carpenters trade in the 16-18 century. It was done in cooperation with a university or two and they were at one time participating in a workshop in Norway with other researchers to recreate the moulding planes needed to make the curved linings and architraves. They also referenced Roubo and others as well as an old workshop of a master carpenter who worked at a castle where they realised that short planes can be used for curved pieces etc.
    They did talk about the difference in finished surfaces on the backsides and the heavy camber on the scrub planes used and how they used a much steeper angle on planes for curves to counteract plaing against the grain at places etc. They also touched on the value of using old hand tools for all the work, even long rips and such, to get “a feel” for the material they used, and the reason to save as much on materials as possible by ripping and gluing together the board for the curved lining.
    Very interesting as well as educational. One of the conservators also spoke to the painters about the difference in machine made paints and hand made paint and how that results in totally different appearences as the hand made paints ave much less pigments etc.
    If you have any particular parts where you wonder what they are saying, comment here and I might be able to help out.

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