Mid-week tool sneak peek no. 16

November 9, 20110 Comments

Lie-Nielsen’s tapered molding plane iron blanks include 9 blades specifically designed to cover all the widths necessary to create a full set of Hollows and Rounds (18 pairs), and also blanks that can be used to create an almost unlimited number of profile irons for other planes.

According to Lie-Nielsen Toolworks’ website “
To accommodate a wide variety of planes each of the bits are slightly wider than one would typically expect for their tang width. One should expect to cut or grind the bit to the appropriate width for your plane.

Late 19th or 20th Century molding planes tend to have irons thicker than these 18th Century style irons. Using these irons as replacements in later planes may require making a new wedge.”


* O-1 Tool Steel, unhardened.
* 9 blades designed to cover all the widths necessary to create
a full set of Hollows and Rounds (18 pairs).
* 5 blades designed for Rabbeting planes from 5/8″-2″ wide.
* 8″ (20.32cm) total length.
* Bit length of 2 3/16″ (5.55cm).
* Tapered from 1/8″ (3.17mm) to 1/16″ (1.58mm) over total length.

To learn more about LIE-NIELSEN -TAPERED MOLDING PLANE IRON BLANKS CLICK HERE.

Larry Williams’ DVD – Making Traditional Side Escapement Planes
If you’re interested in replacing or making your own wooden hand planes an undeniably useful resource in the process is Larry Williams’ DVD – Making Traditional Side Escapement Planes.

According to the description “Very little has been documented about molding planes – how they are used and how they are made. Larry Williams demonstrates the traditional method of making a pair of hollows and rounds…This unique work is interesting both as a historical record of hand tool making, as well as a guide for those who wish to make their own molding planes for use.”

* 180 Minutes, DVD. Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Productions, 2007.
* Topics include blade making, hardening and tempering.
* A must for all looking to make their own wooden hand planes.

To learn more about Larry Williams’ DVD – Making Traditional Side Escapement Planes CLICK HERE.

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