Molding Planes & Mahogany: Chocolate Soufflé

Molding planes.


Over my years of acquiring and tuning old molding planes, I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re very similar to our children. Sometimes when tuning up an old molding plane, they’re very well behaved, doing exactly what you ask them to without a single struggle. Other times, they’re defiant, ornery, and make you want to pull out what’s left of your hair. So it was with these three. One was the good little child while the other two were the devil twins. Still, when they’re finally all cleaned up and on their best behavior, there’s nothing in life (or in woodworking) that can bring a parent more pleasure than their children (or their molding planes).



9 thoughts on “Molding Planes & Mahogany: Chocolate Soufflé

  1. So, Bob, how are you at molding your children? You do realize that in their late teens they will be giving you a performance review and discussing this post with you, right?

    • Likely better at molding mahogany, but we’re doing our best. Probably the toughest job in the world, but also the most rewarding. I’m not ready for late teens yet though. The first 9 years have gone fast enough.

    • It’s a sticking board for making small moldings. It was under the bench before, but at 8′ long, it was a pain to store under there, so I finally got around to hanging it on the wall.

  2. The best way to learn how to tune old molding planes is to build a plane or two. After building a few hollows, rounds, and rabbets, I now understand how the three components – body, wedge, and iron – work together. I now fearlessly reshape old planes to make them work like new. So many planes just need the sole flattened, the wedge fitted, or some other simple fix. Some, however, are evil and resist all efforts at restoration.


  3. So I have to ask, lets say you have a nice old plane, but the iron’s had it–pitted etc. Where do you get the stock for a new one–does one have to become a blacksmith?

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