Fun with a Stanley #45 - #3: Tongue and Groove

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Blog entry by Mosquito posted 03-18-2014 12:13 AM 1747 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Using my Stanley #45 plane to cut tongue and groove.

For the purpose of this example I am using a couple pieces of pine.

I am using the 1/4” Tongue and Groove irons, and have the depth on the tongue iron set as deep as it can go. The Groove depth stop is set to match this depth once the tongue has been cut.

The #45 is set up with the short rods as opposed to the long rods. There is nothing stopping a person from using the long rods, I just prefer to use the short ones when I can.

The knickers are not required, nor recommended for working along the grain.

When cutting the tongue, the fence is installed in the upper holes, to lower the fence below the cutting iron. It can be moved back up to the lower holes to raise it back up for plowing the groove.

I finish up with a little chamfer on the edge of both boards, to have a little V-groove. This is helpful to hide the joint between boards, especially if there’s any gaps from expansion and contraction of the boards.

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-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#1 posted 03-18-2014 12:55 AM

Moss, the video works just fine.
Do you not have a fine adjustment on the rosewood fence?

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#2 posted 03-18-2014 01:39 AM

Thank you Mos!

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 03-18-2014 03:38 AM

No problem guys. I had shared the video a while ago in the #45 thread, but was waiting for embedding to come back.

Kevin, at the time, no. I didn’t have the screw for it, but I do now. It would have made setting the fence the second time easier

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#4 posted 03-18-2014 04:00 AM

Ah, very nice, Mos!

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#5 posted 03-18-2014 05:54 AM

That was some good action, really enjoyed it.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#6 posted 03-18-2014 12:02 PM

wonderful demonstration.

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#7 posted 03-18-2014 01:46 PM

Thanks for sharing, Mos! I need all the tips I can get for that darned 45…too many screws, knobs, and adjusters.

Been using mine this week to cut small rabbets for tills inside the tool chest…works great except for a lil tearout. Doh, these cutters have never been sharpened…and I mean never! Factory bevels are all intact, and I keep forgetting to hone them! :)

I just think of my 45 as a new plane…better sharpen…’specially the knickers!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#8 posted 03-18-2014 01:59 PM

Very informative, thanks Mos!

I like the fence reference for keeping your stock aligned.

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#9 posted 03-18-2014 05:48 PM

Thanks guys.

Terry, you should give it a sharpen and give it another go. It’s a world of difference. Knickers especially helpful. You can also use a marking gauge to mark both edge of the rabbet as well, if you’re having issues (I’ve done that before).

Sharing this video (and watching it a few times myself) has me fired back up to keep working on these videos again… now that I’ve got the new shop space

I didn’t sharpen mine all at once. I just sharpened them as I needed to use ‘em, and now I’ve most of them sharpened up :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#10 posted 03-18-2014 08:40 PM

Nice video and tips Mos.


-- - Terry

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#11 posted 03-18-2014 09:23 PM

Great video. The dedicated T&G planes sure seem a lot easier. :)

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#12 posted 03-19-2014 05:07 PM

Great video Mos! I haven’t tried T*G yet on my #45. I even have a dedicated T&G plane (Union #46?) and haven’t used that yet either, been to lazy to restore it. I need to get on that.

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#13 posted 03-19-2014 06:32 PM

lol they would be Wayne, and I hope to eventually have some, but that’s not the point :-P

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#14 posted 02-15-2015 07:46 AM

Updated the video on this one as well

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#15 posted 02-15-2015 01:27 PM

Thanks Mos!

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