With no fences of depth stops, hollow and rounds can seem a bit intimidating to use. In reality, once the user understands the underlying principles of their use, moldings can be produced with confidence. This class is designed to show the user how to approach making moldings using a rabbet plane and a couple of sizes of hollow and rounds. Understanding the basic concept and planning the series of cuts needed is the key. Once understood, this concept can then be applied to any molding design, regardless of the complexity. In this class we will first cover maintaining a proper cutting edge to ensure top performance of the planes. (This will NOT be a class on restoring old planes; that is a subject far beyond the scope presented here.) We will then move into working a few basic molding profiles with a single element, and advance from there with more complex profiles using two or more arcs of specific sizes. Emphasis will be on using #6 and #10 hollow and rounds, although student will have the opportunity to try other sizes.
Class size will be limited to 6 students, for more individual instruction time. Tuition is $350, plus a material fee of $60, for a total of $410. I will be providing planes for student use, but those with performing planes are encouraged to bring their own. Some of the planes will then be available for purchase at the end of class. Wood for making molding will also be provided, along with sticking boards for each student.
Required tools include the following: