I've been reading a lot about moulding planes lately. It's mainly
because I've been wondering about replacing the moulding in my house
and, after some recent work with a regular hand plane, I'm wondering if
maybe the power tools kick up too much dust and noise, and I'd be better
off doing hand-work for my imagined projects.
So, I started browsing. And I noticed two things. The first thing is
that, with the classic wooden-body moulding planes, one needs to create
both the knife _and_
the negative-image contour of the moulding for the
sole. It's tough work, well beyond my abilities.
The second thing I noticed came from examining photos of the Stanley 55
plane, which enabled the woodworker to arrange different cutters into
complex moulding shapes. It gave great variety... but it didn't seem to
enable the creation of a contoured sole, which'd reduce tearout.
So here's what I'm wondering. Imagine if one had a small variety of
metal moulding planes-- say, around the size of rabbet planes, or
smaller-- with dedicated knives and sole profiles. And one could
assemble a sequence of these units side-by-side, to create custom
moulding profiles. Thus, one would have the customizability of the
Stanley 55, but the sole would be contoured like a classic wood-body
plane. It'd be _heavy_,
Now, I don't have the metalworking skills or resources to create
anything like this. And I doubt there's much of a market, given the
prevalence of power-driven moulding machines. But, any opinions? Ideas?
Simple reasons why this is better relegated to an unrealized fantasy
called "Siano's Folly" than actual creation in the real world?