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Skill Building #4: Raised Panels with the Stanley #78

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 1095 days ago 3078 reads 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Did a search on LJs for anyone using the venerable Stanley #78 and found nothing. Tonight in the shop I staged a bit of a dry run with the plane, making a ‘raised panel’ drawer bottom, and took some pictures along the way.

First step was to check the iron. I bought the plane probably more than a year ago and my sharpening skills have improved since then, so it was a natural place to start because “sharp fixes everything” and I’m going to be cutting across the grain… The back had to be flattened, but fortunately for me it was concave in the right way. A bit of work through the DMTs had it looking a bit weird, but good.

Did a primary surface sharpening, no secondary bevel or back bevel, by working through all the stones then finishing up with some polishing rouge. Hard to show a good edge with a camera phone, but the reflection shows on this one. We’re ready to get cutting.

To cut a raised panel is to mark the work for the end product. I jointed the edges of the panel stock w/ the #6, then scored lines on the edges and face to mark the extent of the cuts.


Set the fence of the #78 so the iron runs out as far as you want it on the face. For me it was totally subjective; I wanted a wide bevel so set it that way.

Then it’s time to cut. First across the grain,

Then along the sides.

The work itself is straightforward. Angle the tool and work down to the lines along the edge of the panel as well as face, trying to get to both of them at the same time for a most uniform bevel. This would be a drawer bottom, though, so however it comes together is pretty much good. Some finished shots, from removing it from the hold downs to views of the face and edges.




The #78 did the job well, I’d say. Thanks for reading!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive



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lysdexic

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#1 posted 1095 days ago

I may have missed it in a previous blog but what wood are you using? Also, did you find it difficult to maintain a consistent angle?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 1095 days ago

It’s the Rodney Dangerfield of moving fillisters. :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 1095 days ago

Scott – I’m cutting on 1/2” clear pine, scrap from the drawer sides material I’m using on the Roubo Cabinet. Angle isn’t a big deal, just cut until you reach the scored lines; the ones on the edges are the finished thickness in the rails, stiles and/or drawer side dados, depending on where the panel is going. A big key is having a sharp blade, for sure…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Don W

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#4 posted 1095 days ago

great post. I don’t have a 78 yet but its been on my list for a while. I wonder how it would work if you set the fence to make the lip close to the edge (the part that slides into the groove)?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 1095 days ago

Thanks, Don. I don’t think it’d be a problem to change the size of the bevel or make a cut more rabbet-like, it’s whatever the user wants to do. Set your lines, and start working; it took less than five minutes to complete this sample drawer bottom.

The most commonly raised issue w/ the 78 is it’s fence, and the fact that it rides on one rod when higher end tools use two. On hardwoods, it may be that the fence is hard to keep in place. I’ve done rabbets and now a raised panel with the tool, but always in pine. Fence didn’t budge / was totally a non-issue.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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WayneC

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#6 posted 1095 days ago

Looks good. I do not think I would have tried it with a #78. I’ve always considered the #78 more of a tool for rough work. One of the early LumberJocks made a panel raising plane to do this. I went back and found a photo of it…

http://philsville.blogspot.com/2007/06/taa-daa.html

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#7 posted 1094 days ago

Oo, that is a pretty nice plane. Much easier on the eyes than a #78, for sure.

I see the step part you were talking about earlier. The quick and dirty I demo’d obviously doesn’t do that, so in a nutshell that’s the difference between a bonafide panel plane and a #78 playing at being a panel raiser!

Great picture indeed. Don’t know which I like the most, the plane or all those pretty shaving or the raised panel profile!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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WayneC

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#8 posted 1094 days ago

Phil makes some nice stuff… His LJ projects are here… He has not been all that active here for a while.

http://lumberjocks.com/philsville/projects

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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rfusca

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#9 posted 358 days ago

The pics don’t seem to shoe here for me anymore.

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 358 days ago

Pictures should re-appear within a day or so (stupid photobucket…)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Buckethead

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#11 posted 44 days ago

Smitty… You da man. Thanks for linking to this, Don. We relative noobs missed much.

Raised panels…. Frikkin cool stuff.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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