Stop making compromises with your router. Stop getting close to the molding profiles you want. Learn how to use some of the most abundant molding planes of the past to get the exact detail you want in the Using Molding Planes with Matt Bickford class.
Using molding planes
Hollows and rounds do not make specific profiles. They make specific arcs. Learn to transform these various arcs into scores of varying profiles.
From layout to execution, this weekend class focuses on creating various moldings with these extraordinarily versatile planes. You’ll lay-out and ultimately stick (plane) several moldings that range from simple coves and ovolos through ogees, cymas, and various combinations.
The class focuses on hollows and rounds sized #6 and #10 along with a rabbet plane. Students have the opportunity to bring their own performing planes, or they can use newly made planes by M. S. Bickford, planemaker. Students also have the opportunity to use a larger range of planes.
Each student leaves with a stick (or two) of molding for a picture frame and the ability to transfer moldings he or she sees in person or print into wood and onto their project.
- April 23 & 24, 2022
- June 22 & 23, 2019
- October 31 & November 1, 2020
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 8 students.
Call or email to be placed on the waiting list if this class sells out.
- Plane hammer with brass and wooden faces
- Small square
- Circle template
- Marking Gauge (ideally Tite-mark)
About the Instructor:
Matt Bickford is a planemaker in Haddam Neck, CT specializing in molding 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 molding planes across the country.