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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 660 days ago 1403 reads 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: The Stanley #45 Multiplane and Door Trim Part 7 of Skill Building series Part 8: A Dovetail Tongue and Groove Plane »

I’ve read about The Schwarz using a rabbet plane as a first step to dovetails, and it’s made me think I need to get me the Veritas Skew Rabbet. With a little project I’m doing with #2 Son, I have recycled boards that needed cleanup.

What I tried was the Stanley #278. I set the fence to the baseline,

Did some cutting (sorry for the lack of strong shaving, I was in a hurry),

Results were very strong!

The tool has a Special Purpose! ;-)

Thanks for looking!

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



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Don W

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#1 posted 660 days ago

NICE!!!

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 660 days ago

Next time, I’ll use the rabbet first, before cutting the tails. I think I’m gonna like this!

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

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Bertha

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#3 posted 660 days ago

What I tried was the Stanley #278
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Why wouldn’t you, Smit:) That’s why I love you.
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This is actually pretty genius. I mean, you’re going to reduce them anyway. Talk about a way to get a perfect strike line. I’m sold.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 660 days ago

Next time, I’ll use the rabbet first, before cutting the tails.
I was curious about that…

Looks good though. I’ve been meaning to try this on some dovetails, but I haven’t done many dovetails since my traveling till.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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Dan

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#5 posted 660 days ago

Very cool. I gotta get my 278 in working order now!

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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Dave

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#6 posted 660 days ago

Great lesson Smitty.
Stanley at its finest.
Good JOB!

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

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#7 posted 660 days ago

Crap…looks like I need to get me a 278! Very nice, Smitty! And nice blog!

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#8 posted 660 days ago

Nice result Smitty

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#9 posted 660 days ago

This the technique was used for the condor tails on my bench build. I found it quite useful. Transferring the tail marks onto the pin board is much easier and reliable.

-- 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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#10 posted 660 days ago

Exactly. I’m a believer.

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

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#11 posted 659 days ago

oh I have got to try that, I have a #278 that is perfect for this! thanks for the tip.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#12 posted 659 days ago

How deep do you make the rabbet?
This would mask any imperfection that might otherwise be visible in the inside corner.
Your chest refurb serie shows how panels can move (before refurb)
This rabett (if deep enoughà would provide a bearing surface that would prevent cuping of the pin boad toward inside (if the tail board has half tails at the edges).

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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Sylvain

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#13 posted 659 days ago

How deep do you make the rabbet?
This would mask any imperfection that might otherwise be visible in the inside corner.
Your chest refurb serie shows how panels can move (before refurb)
This rabett (if deep enough would provide a bearing surface that would prevent cuping of the pin boad toward inside (if the tail board has half tails at the edges).

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 659 days ago

Sylvain, know that the idea to cut the rabbet comes from C. Schwarz (link in post above) and isn’t mine, but it’s not much more than a 32nd deep. Just enough to help ‘register’ or stabilize the pin board and mark it. That part of it I teally like. It can’t hurt in addressing inside gaps either, as you suggest, but does add trimming of outside pins, post-glue up.

Bottom line is, I don’t have a skewed rabbet plane, leaving me with the #78 to try (too big). Then I had the opportunity to pick up a #278, and this little operation may be it’s niche for me.

AKSteve – let me know what you think when you try it!

Jay – they don’t come up very often, but are cool. A shoulder plane with fence, kinda, and I’ve been goofing around with it for a couple months. Fun to use, good size.

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

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#15 posted 659 days ago

a skewed rabbet plane is the top of my want list.

question is vintage or LN or Veritas?

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

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