Hand Tools Archive 2006
>Not to let a good argument wither.....It is time to install molding on this massive Chester Co chest (what I have been incorrectly calling a PA Dutch chest). I want to get the case frame in shape for finish before installing moldings as it is hard to sand/scrape or plane the intersection where things lap, in this case where a complex molding is applied to chest top and bottom. The chest side is a frame and panel and here I am smoothing the panel frame joints with a "Nibbler" (I nibble at things with planes and chisels). My M&T technique is such that some nibbling is required to get the frame joint flat, or at least flat over the 3-4" span that I worry about. Well, it wasn't too bad as that is amount of shavings to level it.
The plane I dashed together for the task. It is Ipe, very stable, abrasion resistant and heavy. (It is also a pain to work with and I may go back to maple) It's bedded at 50 degrees, traditional for a joint nibbling plane. Its currently 8"long and will soon be 7" long as its excessive length bridges over hollows which I find annoying, and tedious to deal with.
The single board panel is partially prefinished.