Some types are still available although they have been almost entirely superseded by the spindle moulder/shaper and high-speed router; moreover the traditional flutes, reeds, ovolo and ogee mouldings are less used in modern work. When such work was done by hand
55 Moulding-planes exclusively it was usual for the cabinet-maker to have a half set of rounding-planes (Figure 55:1) for working hollows, etc., and perhaps a few hollow-planes for working rounds (55:2) together with several beading-, ovolo- and ogee moulding-planes, some of which he would make for himself out of short ends of red park beech always set aside for tool-making. A typical ovolo-plane is shown in 55:3 and, while the
European pattern worked upright, the English pattern worked at an angle which was always marked on the end of the plane.
These planes are always worth acquiring whenever possible—the writer bought a full half set (18) of rounding-planes and some dozens of moulding-planes for pennies each in a junkshop just before the Second World War—for although the machine might be regarded as indispensable there will always be the time when only an odd length of a particular moulding is required. Given the necessary tool it will be much quicker to work the length by hand rather than spend an hour or more grinding a special cutter and setting up a machine. Figure 436 shows a cocktail cabinet with a fluted drawer front worked entirely with a round moulding-plane.
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