Making Molding Planes with Matt Bickford – Hands-on Class

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In the making molding planes with Matt Bickford workshop you’re guided through the process of making a pair of #8 hollow and round planes with side escapements.

Making Molding Planes

The class focuses on making a pair of hollows and rounds, but much of the tooling and processes are directly relatable to making any wooden plane or tuning any antique. Students start with beech billets and learn the many steps involved in creating these very versatile tools.


Some of the many skills addressed in this class:

  • Making an accurate mortise with floats
  • Fitting a wedge
  • Mating an iron to the bed of your plane
  • Profiling a sole
  • Heat treating
  • Addressing the iron’s various edges.

Course Dates:

  • April 20 – 24, 2020  Due to Covid-19 this class is postponed
  • October 26 – 30, 2020 (New Dates)


Previous Dates:

  • June 17 – 21, 2019



A materials fee is required for this class.

The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9:00 am.  A delicious lunch, snacks, and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm – the shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

The class is limited to a maximum of 6 students.

Call or email to be placed on the waiting list if this class sells out.

Buy both this class and Matt’s Using Molding Planes class and receive a discount on both classes*!

About the Instructor:

Matt Bickford is a planemaker in Haddam Neck, CT specializing in moulding planes. Along with contributions to various woodworking magazines, Matt is the author of Mouldings in Practice and is featured in a Lie-Nielsen produced DVD with the same name. Matt has taught the skill of using wooden moulding planes across the country. This is the first time he will be offering this class.


Tool List

  • Smooth plane
  • One bench chisel between 5/8”-1”
  • Sharpening stones: Coarse, Medium, Fine (i.e. 200, 1000, 10,000 -grit or medium india, hard Arkansas, strop)
  • Adjustable square (4 or 6” double square is ideal)
  • Plane adjusting hammer, not ball peen (1 side wood, one side brass)


Additional Tool Suggestions

  • 3/16” Push Edge Float
  • Push Cheek Float
  • Pull Cheek Float
  • Push Side Float
  • 2-3 6” xx slim files


*Limited time offer – ends 9/30/20

1 review for Making Molding Planes with Matt Bickford – Hands-on Class

  1. rom1ulus (verified owner)

    Matt makes beautiful planes. In this class he, of course, showed step-by-step how to make hollows and rounds. More importantly he covered in detail the key steps he takes to make his planes function as well as they do. His trick for matching the irons to the soles alone was worth taking the class for. Really excellent teacher.

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