Hand Tools Archive 2009
Phil Berman (Montville, NJ)
>below is a picture of a mantel whose front is shaped in 2 different planes, i.e. the front of the mantel bows out in areas and in in others, along with the curved shape along the bottom edge of the piece. I've seen an original, as in from the late 1700's, in person, so I know that the moldings along the edge framing the opening of the firebox were applied. I've successfully created a blank that fits to the piece I'm working on, but obviously can't just use a router or a molding plane to shape the face because of the curves in the 2 different planes. I've considered a scratchstock, but this molding requires removal of quite a bit of material and have been advised against this route. Hand carving is a possibility, although I don't know how I'd get a straight-enough line using just some carving tools. So, how do I make this? Have I misinterpreted the construction of this thing? Does anybody have any idea how the French did this in the 18th century, without benefit of power tools or even electric light for that matter? I'm stumped!!!! By the way, in real-life, my mantel is being constructed of 8/r walnut which was cut into thirds, mitering the center section at 4 degrees on each side, then the whole thing put together and chopped,shaped,carved, and had a lot of bad words thrown at it.
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- How do I/how did THEY do this? *PIC*