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Molding Planes

Before the days of store bought moldings and Stanley combination planes, every cabinetmaker and joiner had a chest full of molding planes. For the most part these planes are almost identical, however, there are subtle but important differences. More on the differences between cabinetmaker's and joiner's molding planes. Joiner's planes are much more common to find, because far more people were employed building houses than were employed building furniture by hand. Both types of planes can still be used on today's projects. By our estimation, you haven't lived, until you have struck a molding with an original molding plane that once sung in the shop of a 19th Century master. 18th Century molding planes are quite scarce and should be left to collectors. We hope that the collection presented here will offer something for everyone.

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American Molding Planes

Sandusky Tool Co., Ohio

MP200152 Sandusky Tool Co., Ohio A 1 1/4" wide reverse ogee with fillet. It has a dark patina from linseed oil. this is a great profile to use for part of a cornice molding, for for a smaller piece it can be the entire cornice. G+ SOLD

H. Chapin

MP200156 H. Chapin A 1/4" bead that I would rate higher, but the forward piece of boxing has been replaced with brass. A great user at a cheap price. Good $19


MP200160 Unmarked A useful and desirable 1/2" ogee. This plane was modified from something else, a long time ago. That is why it is so cheap. It will make a great user and of course has a highly sought after profile. G+ $45

Unmarked (Ohio Tool Co.)

MP200115 Unmarked (Ohio Tool Co.) This is a late production Ohio Tool Co bead that is unmarked. It is marked for size, 1/8, but the bead is actually tiny and is signficantly smaller than a typcial 1/8, although a bit larger than 1/16. As such this is quite a scarce plane. It has an old dry surface. It could be rated Fine, but I was being conservative because I don't love the color/patina, perhaps because it was never used enough to get any patina. G++ $45

T. Goldsmith

MP200129 T. Goldsmith A 3/8" square ovolo with a York pitch iron and the early large round wedge finial. I would venture that this was a true Philadelphia cabinetmaker's plane. Nice untouched condition. Fine- $99

Lamb & Brownell, New Bedford

MP191260 Lamb & Brownell, New Bedford A delicate 5/8" bead with reverse ogee. This plane started life as a #12 round and was modified, but it was so well done that I suspect it was done by a planemaker. A great profile and very reasonably priced. G++ $59

M. Read, Boston

MP19128 M. Read, Boston A 1 1/4" wide Grecian ogee with bevel. Unusually, it has keyed boxing that forms the fence and first part of the molding. The surface is dull and looks like it was cleaned with a solvent. A few drops of linseed oil will improve the look of this plane dramatically. You don't want to overdo it with linseed oil but a few drops on a rag, applied judiciously, can sometimes be just want a surface needs. After you do this, it should rate better than G+ $59

Craftsman Made

MP191179 Craftsman Made An 18th Century American cabinetmaker's molding plane that cuts a 3/4" wide cove with astragal. A common moldig used as part of a furniture cornice. The plane is 10 1/4" long with heavy chamfers and a distinctive wedge. The body is dark but I can see that it is beech. As found and a bit dirty. G+ $59

Dunham & McMaster, Auburn

MP191139 Dunham & McMaster, Auburn A 5/8" astragal in nice as found condition. There is a sliver missing from the quirk in front but that is the only minor thing to report. It could use a light cleaning. G+ $59

T.J. McMaster & Co.

MP19111 T.J. McMaster & Co. A 1/2" Grecian with fillet made from applewood. The New York state prison makers occassionally used applewood. The profile is great, very high for a very pronounced Grecian in a hard to find narrow size. The applewwood has a lovely color, very similar to cherry. G+ $85

A & E. Baldwin

MP191094 A & E. Baldwin A 1 5/16" wide Grecian with bevel. The plane looks like it was wiped down with steel wool and linseed oil a long time ago. That is how collectors used to do it. It has the heavy chamfers on the sides of the escapement, which are not common but are seen on Baldwin planes as well as many Baltimore planes. I wonder if they were buying them in from Baldwin? G+ $49


MP1910107 Unmarked A small quirked ogee that is marked 1/2" but measures more like 9/16". Really nice as found condition. G++ $69

Sandusky Tool Co, Ohio Sandusky Tool Co, Ohio

MP191091 Sandusky Tool Co, Ohio A 1" reverse ogee in nice as found condition. There are some tiny tack holes in the sole were fences have been tacked on, which is why it got the minus. The are so small that you could probably make them disappear with the old steam trick. This profile is difficult to use because the edge of the profile acts as the fence, but it is a profile that you see as part of cornice moldings. Fine- $69

John M. Taber John M. Taber

MP190352 John M. Taber A scarce pair of American snipe bills in nice lightly used condition. They have not been touched in many years but a collector might have rubbed the tops with steel wool, but I mean very lightly , and I might be wrong. Just clean them with wax and a rag and they will look fantastic. The sides of the irons are beveled so that these planes can also be used as side rabbets. This could be original, but it is more likely that the owner did it, as I have never seen this done before. Highly recommended. Fine- $269

E. Baldwin, Albany E. Baldwin, Albany

MP190320 E. Baldwin, Albany A right hand snipe bill that should make a good user. There is some wood knawed away on the top near the front, that may have been done intentionally as a grip. It was done a long time ago and the patina matches. Other than this, the rest of the plane is in nice as found condition. G+ $65

Ohio Tool Co.

MP190170 Ohio Tool Co. A number 62 1/4 fenced reverse ogee in 7/8" size. Nice untouched condition all it needs is a gentle cleaning with wax and a rag. The mark is the desirable bench plane logo mark. G+ $65

S.E. Jones S.E. Jones

MP181132 S.E. Jones A 1" wide ogee by a scarce early American maker. Samuel E. Jones was known to be working in Lansingburgh New York in 1787. The plane is just under 10 inches long with wide flat chamfers and a wedge finial reminiscent of Thomas Grant. The boxing is lignum and it does have some damage. This is a maker plane to find and an interesting plane in its own right. G+ $299

L. Scovil

MP181074 L. Scovil A crisp as found left hand side round that is more in the British style than the American. If it wasn't signed, you could assume that it was British.Lyman Scovil worked in Johnstown, N.Y. until his death in 1840. There are two small chips in the boxing toward the rear and a bit of staining on the lower left side, that kept the condition grading from fine. G++ $69

Jo. Fuller, Providence Jo. Fuller, Providence Jo. Fuller, Providence

MP180359 Jo. Fuller, Providence A Jo Fuller 3/4" ogee molding plane with all of the classic features, 10 inches long, birch, relieved wedge, and stop flutes. This is the only Fuller plane that I have seen which incorporates a knot in the wood, which is visible on the right side and gives the left side some interesting grain. The size is marked 6/8 on the back, but that is a bit faint. There is an ink stain on the lower right edge on the front half of the plane. Great color and nice surface. The plane has been in a good collection and has been lightly and properly cleaned. I really like this plane and higly recommend it. G+ $365

D. Colton, Phila

MP18036 D. Colton, Phila A center bead that cuts a bead which is about 1/4" wide, but if you count the fillets on each side it is slightly larger. The plane is marked 1/4". It is fully boxed in lignum, as was common on Philadelphia planes. It has been drilled for use on the arms of a plow plane, which was common for center beads. Nice as found condition from a good Pennsylvania collection. G+ $48

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

MP180261 Unmarked A classic 18th century American cornice plane cutting a 3 1/8" wide ogee with reversee ogeen and fillet, the classic cornice molding of the period. The offset tote is in birch, with the grain running vertically, as with many New England makers of the period, Sleeper and Tower coming to mind immediately. The body is beech. The plane has some kind of light finish on it that a collector applied. If it bothers you it could probably be removed with denatured alcohol. This is a great collector's piece that could also be a great user, although you might need to use an apprenice pulling the rope on the pull bar since this would not be an easy profile to cut by just pushing the plane. G+ $345

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

MP180241 Unmarked This is a massive and magnificent 18th Century American ogee cornice plane. The hand-forged iron is 4 3/4" wide and there is an obligatory rope hole in the front for an apprentice or two to be pulling. This is a professionally made plane. If I don't feel that a plane is professionally made, I listed it as Craftsman Made rather than as Unmarked. It is in wonderful as found condition. If this was a signed plane of this age it would be worth in the thousands. The tote is in perfect condition, with a great early look, but it is loose. It should be glued back with hide glue. This is a connoisseur grade plane. G++ $399

D. Copeland

MP160150 D. Copeland This plane has a very unusual profile, a very deep cove. I have seen similar very ceep Grecians, so this is presumably the converse. It does seem to me that the depth stop has been planed off. The patina matches, so it would have been done when the plane was near new, but the wood is rougher there than the finish that hte maker would have left, and the spring line shows where the depth stop shoud have been. I don't think that the profile itself is modified and this is still a very ususual plane. It does appear to have been "cleaned" with steel wool. G+ $55

D. Amsden, Lebanon

MP150445 D. Amsden, Lebanon This plane cuts a 5/8" astragal with cove. It bears the second Amsden mark. Both Amsden marks are very scarce, if not rare, in my experience. This plane is in wonderful original condition except that the blade has been stropped, clearly by a recent owner who thought that he might use it, but it shows no sign of any use in the last 100 years. A very hard to find New Hampshire maker and a very desirable profile, all in connoisseur condition G++ $345

B. Sheneman, No. 733 Market St. Warranted

MP140822 B. Sheneman, No. 733 Market St. Warranted A scarce handled nosing plane by a good Philadelphia molder. Cuts up to 1 3/8" wide stock. Nicely cleaned and waxed by a collector. There are some scattered old worm holes, but nothing serious. The original store price code is still visible on the wedge. From an important collection of Philadelphia planes. 14" long. G+ $95

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

MP140429 Unmarked This is a very early New England cornice plane, in the earliest style that one sees for American planes. This plane could easily pass for a Francis Nicholson plane. It is of that period and style, but for a small fraction of the cost of a signed example. The profile is a 2 3/4" ogee/reverse ogee, a furniture size molding that was very likely a cabinetmaker's plane long before the American Revolution. It has the classic round topped wedge, with a round topped iron that is not marked and was probably sourced locally. The tote is offset all the way to the right, and is short and stubby in the classic early 18th Century style. There is a chip out of the right rear edge of the spur, but it is overall quite good. The base of the tote is cracked flush with the body of the plane and is held down with nail in the rear of the tote. This is a period repair. This plane is untouched and in a very nice condition for its age. One of the best early planes that I have had. I like it much better than a Nicholson that I sold for $5000 over 20 years ago. G+ $895

Ohio Tool Co

MP1304113 Ohio Tool Co A 1 1/2" reverse ogeen plane, a tricky one to use because it has no fence and uses the edge of the molding as a fence. This plane has been rubbed down smooth with steel wool, so it is glass smooth. I took of a condition grade for that. Still a great user but not collectible with this surface. Good $65

Antique Molding Plane Antique Molding Plane Antique Molding Plane

MP111210 A Cummings, Boston A rare curved hand rail molding plane. This plane is as rare as hen's teeth. The blade is by Ash, with a matching profiled cap iron by Ash. That is also a rare feature. Wonderful condition. One of 3 curved American molding planes that I bought with a collection. I have seen fewer than 8 of these in 25 years. The blade is 1 1/2" wide. The fence is plated, which may or may not be original. There is a small check on the right side at the wedge cheek, as noted in the photo. A magnificent piece. G++ $399

Antique Molding Plane

MP110241 W. Raymond A unique set of 4 molding planes, that I can only speculate on the function of. There are two curved and one straight plane, that all cut the same profile, which I think is a form of a fenced cock bead. The curved planes are fenced left and fence right, so that you could work in either direction on a curved piece. These three planes were clearly intended as a set. The fourth plane cuts a 1/2" astragal. This one has some chips from the rear where it was struck to set it. These planes have great as found patina. Here is the kicker, all four have replaced wedges, and one plane has a replaced blade. I have owned these about 20 years and I made the wedges back then. They are accurately made and colored, but no effort was made to age the wedges to they won't fool anyone. Bob Baker would have made these wedges look original, but I am no Bob Baker so I just try to make things look correct in form. The replaced blade fits properly and has been ground to profile, but you can see that it is freshly ground compared to the other 3. These planes are so rare that I can overlook there shortcomings. They are true 18th Century American planes, and probably cabinetmaker's planes at that. G+ $295

Antique Molding Plane

MP80616 A. Smith, Rehoboth This is a classic New England crown molder cutting the ever popular ogee with fillet and reverse ogee. It is birch with a fantastic look. It is uncleaned with very nice surface. There are two bits of bad news. The tote is a proper replacement that is very well done. Not Bob Baker quality, but a really good second place. The other issue is that some utter nincompoop has used the front of the plane to set a saw. What were they thinking? Still, this is great 18th Century New England crown molder at a fraction of the price of what it would be without any complaints. G+ $1499

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British Molding Planes

Stothert & Walker, Bath

MP200124 Stothert & Walker, Bath A 9/16" ovolo with cove sash molding. The plane is marked 1, and was once part of a 1-2 pair. It is in nice crisp condition, very little used and untouched. This makes a great profile for a novice and this is a particularly nice example. G++ $45

John Moseley & Son John Moseley & Son

MP200142 John Moseley & Son A harlequin pair of side beads, 1/2" and 5/8". Untouched condition and needing a light cleaning. G+ SOLD

Moseley & Sons, London

MP191218 Moseley & Sons, London A 3/4" wide ogee that is sharp and ready to use. From a retired cabinetmaker's shop. The side of the plane has been beveled in to provide clearance for creating a compound molding. This does not impact the normal use of the plane but it is a show stopper for a collector. There are also 4 old holes in the side from an attached stop of some kind, but I don't see why. Again, they don't matter. A great user that is modestly priced. G+ $59

Fairlclough, Liverpool

MP191136 Fairlclough, Liverpool A 5/8" wide ovolo with cove sash molding. This plane is as found and has a great patina. This profile is a great first molding plane because it is a decorative profile that you can use for lots of things, and it is easy to use. G++ SOLD

H. C. Parkes

MP191117 H. C. Parkes Henry Charles Parkes worked in Birmingham from 1852 to 1876 and was part of the large Parkes family of planemakers. This plane cuts a 5/8" wide Grecian ogee with bevel. This is a common profile in larger sizes, but in this narrow size I would go as far as to call it very sarce and possibly rare. Small complex molders like this one are useful for cabinetmaking and have become hard to find. This plane has been waxed by a collector but is otherwise as found. G+ $69

Moseley & Son, London

MP191128 Moseley & Son, London A highly desireable 1/8" bead. It is fully boxed with a slip side (read our FAQs for more on slip-sided planes). As found, it needs a light cleaning, but should clean to at least G++ $45

T. J. Gardner, Maker, Bristol

MP190955 T. J. Gardner, Maker, Bristol A scarce and highly sought after 1/4" square ovolo in crisp uncleaned condition. I would just clean it with a rag and wax and it will probaby rate higher than its current G++ $75

I. Sym

MP190926 I. Sym An 18th Century quirked ogee with heavy chamfers. It measures 9 1/4" long. The profile would have had a removable fillet, which is now removed. It is 3/4" now and will cut a 1/2" ogee when you put a fillet back on. There is a shake in the wood on the top of the plane. Lovely condition and a real bargain for such a nice early plane. G++ $59

Madox Madox

MP190319 Madox A right handed snipe bill that has been slightly overcleaned with steel wool. There is a light curve to the body and this plane will not work properly without some fiddling. G+ $45

I. Stickely I. Stickely

MP190259 I. Stickely A very crisp, but very dirty, side round plane. This is much wider than your typical side round, at about 1" wide for the working part. This is a very scarce maker but he is recorded in Goodman's book and dated to about 1800. I would say this plane is closer to 1810. It looks like it might not even be used and should clean to at least G++ $69

Gabriel Gabriel

MP190248 Gabriel A scarce cabinetmaker's cock bead plane in 1/8". This plane has a York pitch iron, but that is normal for true cock-bead planes. I made one chest of drawers with cock beading and I can say that it definitely requires some thought to do it properly. This is a nice as found plane with full boxing. G++ $89

Griffithis, Norwrich

MP19022 Griffiths, Norwich A 5/8" torus bead that has a box fence as well as a boxed quirk. There are some chips in the boxing and a few scattered old worm holes. The bottom of the wedge is damaged, presumably from a pick being used to clear a clog. Having said that, it is in honest as found condition and cheap. G+ $29

Moseley Late Mutter

MP181081 Moseley Late Mutter A 1 1/4" wide astragal with Grecian. An early Moseley plane from the original period when he took over the business of Mutter and was still using the Mutter name to get himself established. There is a scratching running the entire length of the sole, but it did not nick the blade. The arrow shows the front of the scratch. Nicely waxed by a collector and an attractive plane G++ $75

John Green John Green John Green

MP181047 John Green An extremely complex molder that I will not even try to describe. The closeup of the sole should explain it. The profile is 1 1/16" wide with no spring. This profile is not unknown to collectors, but its purpose has not been explained in a way that I accept. Collectors call it a picture frame molding, but I haven't seen any picture frames with this molding. The plane is straight and usable, but the blade is pitted overall and will require a considerable amount of work by a skilled person to make it usable. I consider this to really be a collector's piece, although it certainly could be gotten working by the right person. This plane is from my personal collection. G+ $265

Sash Template Sash Template

MP180841 Sash Template This is the largest sash template that I have ever seen by far. It is for a giant lamb's tongue sash like might be used in a Victorian church. The molding would be about 2" wide to the glass. It is in wonderful as found condition with an attractive rich patina. Fine $65

Craftsman Made

MP180474 Craftsman Made A 3/4" ogee in somewhat dirty as found condition. There is a depth stop extension tacked on to the side. I don't see what the point of this is but it isn't hurting anything. This plane should make a great user. G+ $48

Unmarked Unmarked

MP180318 Unmarked An early 19th Century right-hand side rebate plane showing very litte use and having a pleasing patina. It rates a very strong G+ $48

Currie, Glasgow

MP180246 Currie, Glasgow A typcial side finial Scottish left-handed side-snipe plane. There is a chip in the boxing just forward of the blade. The plane has been waxed overall. A good user. G+ $48


MP171049 Unmarked A small quirked ogee that cuts a 1/2" ogee without the removable fillet, or 3/8" with the fillet. The fillet is missing now, but I would recommend that you make one. This plane is a bit dirty and would benefit from the rag and wax cleaning. The wedge has the common lengthwise split that is easily glued. A very useful plane. G+ $49

Gleave, Oldham St. Manchester

MP160435 Gleave, Oldham St. Manchester A very unusual profile, that is best seen than described. There is a fillet that has been blocked with a piece tacked on. I would pull this off. The profile is 3/4", assuming that you have removed the strip that is tacked on. The boxing is warped in the rear and you will need to glue it back down before you can use the plane. Planes with unusual profiles like this are far more scarce than people seem to realize. G+ $69

Unmarked Unmarked

MP151089 Unmarked A matched pair of miniature compassed hollows and Rounds in what I believe to be satinwood. They are 3/8" wide and 3 1/2" long overall. The soles are gently compassed. The quality is certainly of the best professional standards, but I suspect that W.W. Miller, the owner who marked them probably also made them. They are in lovey as found condition, as if they were just lifted from a drawer in a cabinetmaker's chest. For the connoisseur. G++ $175

W. Greenslade, Bristol

MP151021 W. Greenslade, Bristol A very unusual #4 round that is only 7 inches long. The only one of its kind that I have seen. I have seen much smaller hollows and rounds, but not one in this intermediary size. G++ $59

Moseley & Hawksworth

MP150988 Moseley & Hawksworth A quirked ogee that was made with a removable fillet. It cuts a 1" wide molding without the fillet and 3/4" with it. The fillet is missing, but it is much easier to make a new one than to get an old one off without breaking the screws. Nicely waxed by a collector. G+ $59


MP15039 Unmarked A European style fruitwood plane that cuts a bead with a bevel. The bead is a 1/4" and the bevel about 5/16", for a 9/16" total. The blade pitch is so high that it is more of a scraper. Just under 8" long. As found and needing some cleaning. The blade is stuck in the body because of shrinkage and how dry it is here now. The blade is marked, as shown in the inset, but I don't recognize this mark. Clearly for working hard woods, this is presumably some kind of cabinetmaker's plane, but I am not sure of where this molding would be used. G+ $59

Unmarked Unmarked

MP150119 Unmarked A matched pair of compassed miniature hollows and rounds. I believe them to be made from satinwood. They have a lovely color and patina, as well as a great untouched surface. The planes are 1/2" wide, and so marked, and 4 3/4" long. They appear to be professionally made in every respect. For the connoisseur. Fine- $189

C. Nurse & Co.

MP140332 C. Nurse & Co. A scarce miniature #6 compassed round. Signed miniatures are scarce and this one is particularly appealing. There is some tear-out on the right side which may be the result of having the side shaved in its original period of use or it may be sloppiness from the factory. Otherwise it is superb. G++ $75

Mutter Mutter

MP1305102 Mutter This is the best early set of hollows and rounds that I have ever had. It is 31 of an original set of 36 cabinetmaker's hollows and rounds, all in lovely original condition. The missing planes are, 5H, 12H, 15R, 17H, 18R. These 31 planes have been together since the birth of this nation, and remained in remarkably nice condition throughout that period. I don't see many late 19th Century planes that are this nice, let alone 18th Century. For the connoisseur. G++ - Fine+ $2895

Arthington, Manchester

MP130245 Arthington, Manchester Cuts a 1 1/2" wide profile that I am not sure how to name, but one could call it an enlongated Taurus. As found with a dark and dirty surface. G+ $55

G. Davis

MP120661 G. Davis A shallow 3/4" wide Grecian ogee with bevel. The fence on this plane is quite shallow and if you intend to use the plane you might want to glue on an extension to the fence. Of course it can be used as it was made but it will require more skill. G+ $59

Bewley, Leeds

MP120464 Bewley, Leeds A removable fillet quirked ogee. The fillet is missing now, but with it the profile would be 1/2" wide and without it 5/8". These fillets are about impossible to remove because the screws always break off, so from a user's perspective this is better. It is easy to make a new fillet and screw it on. G+ $59

Antique Molding Plane

MP101179 Loveage A nice, untouched, 10 3/8" long square ovolo molding plane. Great patina and great lines. The profile is 7/8" wide. The iron is marked Hildik with a very early mark that do no recall seeing before. The only flaw bears mentioning is that the mark is partially overstruck, but still clearly legible. G+ $245

Antique Molding Plane

MP100553 Higgs An exceptionally clean as found stair rail plane with a great round top iron by Pearson. From a good London collection. Fine- $119

Antique Tool Antique Tool

MP90253 Craftsman Made This is a tiny compassed rebate plane, measuring only 2 inches long and 5/8" wide. It is as found and was clearly for final delicate fitting work. Most of the very small planes like this that I see are either clearly fakes, or so overcleaned that I can't tell for sure if they are fakes or not. This one is absolutely guaranteed to be genuine. G+ $89

Antique Tool

MP61176 Hathersich This is a scarce English handled stick are rebate sash plane. It cuts a lambs tongue sash and the rebate, quite strangely, is on a slope. The profile is just over 2" wide. Clearly for some type of grand architectural sash. Wonderful untouched patina. The irons have very light pitting but would be fine to use if you so desired. The tote is quite upright and a bit unusual.

Update: A customer has sent these comments, "You commented on the sloping rebate cutter. I am a joiner in central Vermont and have restored many sash in the past 30 plus years and I have seen this detail in early 19th C sashes. My guess is the sloping rebate made it easier to set and glaze irregular shaped glass. The widows I have found this detail on are really well made and it is a lot more work to cope the sash bars, an extra step in an already tedious process!"

G+ $145

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