The walnut situation is getting better…I attribute it to the air-dried stock versus the kiln dried stuff I used on the now-infamous high chair project. https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/kids-chairs/ and https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/walnut-high-chair-assembly-pt-next/ https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2011/03/24/walnut-high-chair-assembly-pt-1/
I started cutting some moldings that are applied to this board chest I’m building. the construction is simple – just four boards nailed together. the front & back boards are nailed to the edges of the side boards. no rabbet, no nothing.
then apply moldings. well, gotta make ’em first. I made this molding plane, from a blank I prepared about 10 years ago in maple. The amazing thing is that I was able to find the blank in the shop when I needed it.
I cut the profile on the bottom of the plane with a fillester and some scratch stocks. then I took an old rabbet plane iron and had Mark shape it to match what I made in wood. It cuts well, but it seems to have a reverse spring to its shape. I hope to fix it, but after this project. For right now, I just lean a bit. I planed some of the walnut to 3/8″ thick, and ran the molding along one edge. then sawed it off, re-shot the edge, and planed another. This photo is the last one of a batch, and the stock is just a bit wider than the finished molding. it’s being held down by holdfasts, on top of a thick piece of scrap, so the plane and/or my fingers don’t bump into the bench.
Once they are formed, then I sawed the mitered bits, and nailed them on the chest.
Here’s a detail:
Then there’s going to be a large, 2-part base molding.
the lid will have end cleats and a front lip with carved details.
I’ll get some details of the molding plane, it was fun to make. It turns out I have made a few planes this year, after not doing any for quite a while. The videos by Don McConnell and Larry Williams were a big help, as is being able to see their planes and Matt Bickford’s. The floats by Lie-Nielsen were helpful also. here’s the links:
the videos I used are: Traditional Molding Techniques: the Basics w Don McConnell and Making Traditional Side Escapement Planes by Larry Williams. you can get them thru Lie-Nielsen or through Larry & Don’s site http://www.planemaker.com/index.html (formerly Clark & Williams)
Oh, and some turkeys drifted past the shop while I was working on this chest: