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Forum topic by jobewan posted 06-17-2019 09:45 AM 382 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-17-2019 09:45 AM

Hey Folks,

Like the majority of us, I am very enamored with hand planes. I have built myself a nice collection of old Bedrock and Bailey planes, but I do not know where to go for wooden molding planes. Are there online resources for moulding planes? Any help would be most appreciated.

I just built a plane till for the Stanley’s (couple of Lie-Nielsens and Veritas in there too…). I will try to get pics up on that.

Thanks ladies and gentlemen.


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#1 posted 06-17-2019 01:47 PM

First, recognize that moulding planes have not been used for production for many years. This means the surviving planes are likely in collections or museums. Other collectors have browsed the antique stores. You have to be lucky.

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#2 posted 06-18-2019 09:49 AM

It depends on where you are. In the NE every antique store and flea market will be overloaded with them. If I bought every one i see for $15 or less I’f need a large warehouse to hold them.

There are also boutique hand plane makers still making new ones.

Almost any vintage tool dealer either online or with a storefront will have them, although most try to avoid them because they are pretty hard to resell.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 06-18-2019 04:59 PM

I agree with Don. Depending on where you live, molding planes can be a very interesting and obtainable item to collect. Collect by maker, brand, region, type, period, prison! Lol so many choices! And but for a few, very affordable. And if that isn’t enough to convince you, they fit nicely thru the basement window

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