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The Stanley #444 Dovetail Plane

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Blog series by Smitty_Cabinetshop updated 09-23-2013 11:35 PM 3 parts 8979 reads 114 comments total

Part 1: An Overview

03-19-2013 12:18 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 46 comments »

Welcome to Part One of a short blog series that is a hands-on presentation of the Stanley #444 Dovetail Tongue and Groove Plane, a tool that was available for a relatively short time and is a rarity in today’s marketplace. Offered by Stanley from 1912-1938, the plane is infrequently listed for sale on eBay with a collector’s price tag. My example had a few parts missing and features a cracked (and repaired, but still cracked) fence, so the plane is not collector material. And like every t...

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Part 2: Set-up & Link to Video Trailer

03-23-2013 03:29 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 48 comments »

This second installment of the #444 mini-series details the set-up required to use the Stanley Dovetail Tongue and Groove Plane and concludes with the layout of joints to be cut. Fettling a #444If hand planes are part of your tool arsenal, fettling has probably become a part of your shop routine and vocabulary. Loosely defined, to fettle a plane (or any tool for that matter) is to make it ready for action with optimal effectiveness. Aside from setting and honing the primary bevel of the pl...

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Part 3: A Critical Piece of the Puzzle is In Place!

09-23-2013 11:35 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 20 comments »

The Stanley #444 included a ‘blueprint’ inside the chestnut boxlid that detailed the anatomy of dovetail depth, neck and shoulder measurements based on common stock sizes. Versions I’d been able to track down were unreadable. But thanks to the OldTools list and Matt Turner, I have a version of these drawings that was supposedly put inside the plane’s box in it’s later sales window. The outside of the three-fold: And the inside: This data lets...

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