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Forum topic by Caleb James posted 12-30-2012 07:41 PM 9339 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-30-2012 07:41 PM

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Well I am putting my hand to producing some moulding planes. In addition to the ones I have made in the past for my own use, I have started with some rabbet planes to offer for sale. Not sure exactly the price so I would take offers. I am open to trades as well. If anyone has something to offer let me know. I probably am most interested in sharpening equipment like a grinder or diamond stones etc… I really would like a powered carver.

Here is a photo of two that I have. I have a 1/2” gage line side round, 3/4” rabbet, 1-1/8” rabbet planes as well.

I will be adding others as I make them. You can view these at my Etsy shop.


Videos of them in use.


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#1 posted 12-31-2012 01:48 AM


Nice job! I really like seeing this. You can tell a lot about planes by their sound and I wonder if people here understand what a bargain these are at the price.

I forwarded the photos you sent to Don but we really haven’t had much time to just talk the last week. I think his daughter’s visit is almost over and we’ll have more time after a few days.

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#2 posted 12-31-2012 04:15 AM

Wow, thank you for the positive response. I would take any advice you might have for me. I am eager to learn as much as I can. I am really fascinated by and enjoy making these moulding planes. I have a very good long time woodworker friend in the Appalachians selecting some beech logs for me now so that I can dry them myself for making some planes. I know this stuff is troublesome to dry properly so that is my first hurdle. Thanks again, really means a lot. I highly regard your work.


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#3 posted 12-31-2012 04:23 AM

Nice planes, Caleb.

I lived in the UK for a while and picked up a small collection of moulding planes. I never think about using them though.

Your planes sound great. Good luck.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#4 posted 12-31-2012 02:49 PM


you should check out “Mouldings In Practice” by Matthew Bickford from Lost Arts Press. You will find ways that you will want to use them once you know the versatility of them. I wrote a review that gives you a good overview of the book on my blog here.


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#5 posted 01-02-2013 12:02 AM

Beautiful work on those. At 1.5 times your price they would be a good value. If I had more $ in my tool fund at the moment, they would be gone. Hopefully someone will snatch them up quick before I do something I shouldn’t (but really, really want to).

You might want to include a link to your etsy site here (unless that would be against forum rules – I don’t spend a lot of time here so I’m not sure). For anyone else who missed it, if you go to the youtube video you can get to the etsy page from there.

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#6 posted 01-02-2013 03:47 AM

Thanks for pointing that out. I have this and others at my Etsy shop.


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#7 posted 01-03-2013 05:53 PM

Larry, do you have any comment on the book “Making Traditional Wooden Planes” by John M. Whelan? He also has one on the history of those planes. I am trying to educate myself as best a possible. The book used is quite pricy and trying to get some feedback from someone who might know.


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