Wooden Complex Moulding Planes

wooden complex moulding plane
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Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Various

Tool Type: Wooden Planes

Plane Type: Complex Moulding


The old British wooden complex moulding planes had a hardwood body, a steel plane cutter and a hardwood wedge.

The planes were nearly always made from beech as this was the hardwood that was commonly available in Britain.

The term 'wooden complex moulder planes' refers to pretty much every moulding plane which doesn't fit into one of the common types of moulding planes (e.g. ogee, bead, scotia).

antique wooden complex moulding plane

The wooden complex moulding planes were made in a variety of widths.

A wooden complex moulding plane cutter would have a cutting edge profile which mirrored the sole of the plane.

The plane has a window to one side of the cutter and above the cutter to allow the shavings to escape as the wood is planed.

There have been hundreds of different wooden plane manufacturers of wooden complex planes since 1700. Below is a list of just a few of the wooden plane manufacturers:

old wooden complex moulding plane

Preston (Edward)
..many others

The manufacturer's mark (if present) can virtually always be found on the front nose of the plane. If the plane is quite mucky or you hadn't realised, this is the place to look to identify who made it.

old wooden complex moulding plane

Most planes also have an owner's name or many owner's names stamped into the front of the plane; these can often be easily spotted as they have been stamped more than once on the plane.

If you wish to delve deeper there are a few books out there to help identify the age of the plane(s).

The authority of these books (at the time of writing this) has to be Jane Rees 'British Planemakers - 4th Edition'. The 'British Planemakers fom 1700 - Third Edition' is also good if you come across a secondhand copy.

Manufactured Dates

<1700 - 1900>

Your Say..

Arden - I have a molding plane stamped by MOON 4 Little Queen Street, Lincoln's-Innfields. I am wondering what it is worth. Thank you.


FindMyTool - there isn't a set price so it is very hard to say, ultimately it comes down to what someone will pay for it, if you find someone who really wants it they will pay more. The condition, size and complexity of the moulding can also affect the value along with if you find someone who is collecting Moon planes / tools. The price of old wooden planes in most cases doesn't reflect what is expected for tools which are often 100-250+ years old, the reason simply being because of supply and demand. It is however great to keep the heritage of these old planes alive for future generations to enjoy.


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