18th c. House Joiner & Planemaker

Joiner & Planemaker


House building in the 18th century was a labor intensive process that required the skills of many tradesman.  While the carpenter hewed and joined the timber frame "bones" of the building, it was the house joiner who crafted the fabric of its interior woodwork.  With a basic set of hand tools, the house joiner produced the raised and feather edge paneling, wainscoting, decorative moldings, and window sash so familiar in period houses and public buildings.  I make and use hand planes and other tools used by the house joiner to demonstrate the process of transforming rough lumber into the elements of a finished 18th century home.

                                                                                                                               Image courtesy P. Kienle



                                                     Period and reproduction handplanes and tools                                                                             

Cornice Plane in Action
                                                                                                                                                                         Image courtesy of Mary from Holliston
Preparing to "ride" the cornice plane...

Cornice molding
                                                                                                                                                        Image courtesy of Mary from Holliston
... and the result.

Cornice molding
A typical demonstration day.

Joyner's chest
Reproduction 18th century Joiner's Chest
and a sample of raised paneling.

Dalaway Handsaw Reproductions

Smoothing Plane

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Image courtesy A. Comjean
Motivation:  When the customer needed it yesterday...

Other Pages:

Reproduction Handplane Page

Westford Museum Cornice Molding

  D.P. Lacroix
Westford, Massachusetts

Last updated: February 2019