c. House Joiner & Planemaker
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
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
Image courtesy of Mary from
Preparing to "ride" the cornice plane...
of Mary from Holliston
... and the result.
A typical demonstration day.
century Joiner's Chest
and a sample of raised paneling.
Dalaway Handsaw Reproductions
courtesy A. Comjean
When the customer needed it yesterday...
Westford Museum Cornice Molding
© D.P. Lacroix
Last updated: February 2019