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Skill Building #5: More Fun with the #78 and Other hand Planes

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 12-20-2011 02:21 PM 1436 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Raised Panels with the Stanley #78 Part 5 of Skill Building series Part 6: The Stanley #45 Multiplane and Door Trim »

I have another recent post ‘lamenting’ underutilized space, so I’ve been in the shop to rededicate a large storage cabinet to fasteners. It’s an old harware store case and needed a piece of face trim to dress it up a bit. Nothing fancy, just something missing, you know?

Presenting furring strip and cabinet:

There’s a slight overhang to the top vs. the face of the case,

so the trim piece needs a shallow rabbet. I’ll use the Stanley #78 moving fillister / rabbet plane. Held the plane to the top to set the fence and to the face to set depth stop. Needed a single bench hold down to keep the piece in place for rabbeting (piece of sycamore underneath to raise the stuff being worked higher off benchtop, for the #78 fence to clear) and get to planing:

Edged jointed the piece with the #6 because of a recent LJ poster wanting to know if that tool is suitable for jointing. It did fine!

Cleaned up the show face of the board with the non-cambered #5:

Slight chamfer to each corner of the top edge with the SW #120 block just because I just reconditioned the tool. It has a very tight mouth and I kinda like the paddle-type depth adjuster.

With a final cut to length, I predrilled it for nailing, apllied a coat of Watco’s Danish Oil (on-hand and easy) and it was done.

A nice little diversion from the drudgery of cleaning a cluttered shop! Thanks for visiting.

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



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racerglen

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#1 posted 12-20-2011 02:45 PM

Very nicely done and blogged !
I have a similar project in mind for a case and you may have just inspired me to take the 78 off the shelf

;-)

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 12-20-2011 02:57 PM

Excellent! I’m a fan of the #78, it’s a very cool tool… Good luck!

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

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#3 posted 12-20-2011 02:58 PM

show off!

I did alot of work with my new/old #78 this weekend. It worked OK but I still don’t have a warm fuzzy for it yet.

-- 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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#4 posted 12-20-2011 03:16 PM

yep, love the 78. Nice blog!

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#5 posted 12-20-2011 03:26 PM

Great show and tell Smitty. I have never seen Stanley tools stamped on the handle of a plane. Great blog.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#6 posted 12-20-2011 03:28 PM

nicely done

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

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#7 posted 12-20-2011 03:47 PM

Dave – Show and tell, I like that. Tool porn is another applicable phrase. Don’t quote me on this, but decals appeared on Stanley tools from the mid-20s and continued for maybe a decade. I’m a sucker for that decal, and if it’s a SW-marked tool (likely), all the more. Doesn’t make them perform any better, of course, so you can call me crazy…

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

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#8 posted 12-20-2011 04:08 PM

Mom in law has her dads 604 with decal still on the side of the tote..
I had it once for a tuneup and put a light coat of shelac over it for safekeeping..

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#9 posted 12-20-2011 04:10 PM

oooo, decals on bedrocks… that’s something I haven’t seen much of at all, if I’ve seen any at all… very cool…

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

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#10 posted 12-20-2011 04:13 PM

That trim is a significant aesthetic improvement to the cabinet – BTW.

-- 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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#11 posted 12-20-2011 04:22 PM

Thanks, Lysd. Bought it at auction with a single bid ($1) because no one wanted to haul it away (me included, at first). Not pretty, but when I figure in the amount of work it would take to build a suitable replacement, it’s worth it to put a bit of lipstick on this pig. And now that it’s got my attention, I might do some more enhancement to it over the remainder of the month.

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

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#12 posted 12-20-2011 04:28 PM

Nice tutorial Smitty, another reason to take my 78 off the shelf and use it.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#13 posted 12-20-2011 04:41 PM

A guy on ebay a short while ago had brand new old decals for sale. I remeber they went for more than I’d pay for an old sticker. He had several still on the original backing.

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

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#14 posted 12-20-2011 05:08 PM

Don, if I would have seen that it would have been hard to resist taking them off the market. Like those SW stamps that were up for sale about six months ago… But they went for crazy money, too. Hope they’re not being used to counterfeit.

It goes to show how far down the hand tool mindset I’ve gotten, Mauricio, when I see a need for a rabbet cut like this and automatically consider a #78 solution. I have a shaper with 1” jointer cutter that could be set up to do it, and with a couple of passes it would have been done. But the noise, dust and spinning cutter are detractors. And setup time would have been longer than what it took to complete the job with the hand tool. A dado blade on the table saw could work, but I only have a wobble blade, not a stacked set. Raise the blade and rip a width? I guess so, but not an optimal task for a table saw. Same setup challenge, too. With the #78, I held it twice up to the original piece to set the depth and then to set the fence. Cut the work to fit, and done.

Of course, no one reading this needs to be convinced. ;-)

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

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