june, 2020

22jun(jun 22)9:00 am26(jun 26)5:00 pmFive Day Tool Making Class: Making Moulding PlanesPort Townsend School of Woodworking9:00 am - 5:00 pm (26) PST Port Townsend School of Woodworking Event Organized By: Port Townsend School of Woodworking

Event Details

Mouldings are typically the architectural trim you see along baseboards, wainscoting, railings, and ceilings. There is a tool list for this class.


 Matt Bickford is a planemaker in Haddam Neck, CT, specializing in moulding planes. Along with contributions to various woodworking magazines, Matt is the author of Mouldings in Practice and is featured in a Lie-Nielsen produced DVD with the same name. Matt has taught the skill of using wooden moulding planes across the country. This is the first time he will be offering this class.

In this plane-making workshop, Matt Bickford will guide you through the process of making a pair of #8 hollow and round planes with a side escapement. Students will start with beech billets and learn the many steps involved in creating these very versatile tools.

The class will focus on making a pair of hollows and rounds, but much of the tooling and processes are directly relatable to making any wooden plane or tuning any antique.

Among the many skills to be addressed are making an accurate mortise with floats, fitting a wedge, mating an iron to the bed of your plane, profiling a sole, heat treating, and addressing the iron’s various edges.

Students that are running ahead of the general flow of the class will have the option to purchase material to make a rabbet plane for an additional fee.

*Each left-handed student must contact the school or Matt (matt@msbickford.com) if he/she wants to make left-handed planes.

Tool List:
-Smooth plane
-one bench chisel between 5/8”-1”
-Sharpening stones: Coarse, Medium, Fine (i.e. 200, 1000, 10,000 -grit or medium india, hard Arkansas, strop)
-Adjustable square (4 or 6” double square is ideal)
-Plane adjusting hammer, not ball peen (1 side wood, one side brass)

Additional Tool Suggestions (all will be available if the student neither wants to purchase nor travel with their tools)
-3/16” Push Edge Float
-Push Cheek Float
-Pull Cheek Float
-Push Side Float
-2-3 6” xx slim files


Open to students with some hand tool woodworking experience. If you’ve used a hand plane or cut a dove tail, you’ll get more out of the class than if you’ve had no experience with woodworking hand tools. Questions, contact Matt at 1-860-227-2658.

Class Information and Registration

Class runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday in Building #315.
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the school.
Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 6
Cost: $ 1050
Materials Charge: $125

Register by: May 15, 2020

When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or, if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.


22 (Monday) 9:00 am - 26 (Friday) 5:00 pm PST


Port Townsend School of Woodworking


Port Townsend School of WoodworkingFine woodworking classes, including carving, timber framing, and furniture making, by some of the most respected woodworkers in the world.info@ptwoodschool.org Classrooms are in Buildings 315 & 304 at Fort Worden