I need a rebate plane. It was an inescapable fact. The problem is, finding the right one. I love vintage tools, so that was the logical place to start. The problem is, I know I need one, but damned if I know what I’m actually looking for. Vintage wasn’t a lot of help because I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for. So what was a guy to do?
Well, to start with, I had a copy of The Anarchist’s Tool Chest that had some guidelines of what I needed. However, when I looked around I decided there was only one way to go.
Just a few moments ago, I pulled the trigger on a Veritas Skew rabbet plane, a right handed one. This will actually be my first new plane, but a Veritas is hardly a bad place to start, especially on this one. I looked around at the reviews. It seemed like the best option for where I was at as a woodworker.
As much as I love vintage tools, there are limitations to them. One is that if you don’t know what you’re looking at, you could get a complete dog of a tool that’s not worth a thing. I’ve got one Stanley #4 that’s just that. With buying new, you can at least check reviews and get an idea at what you’re looking at. This one shouldn’t require all kinds of tweaking to make it work just right. It shouldn’t require electrolysis to take the rust off. It’ll be good to go from the start.
That’s not to say I won’t keep buying vintage tools. It’s just to say that sometimes, there ain’t nothing wrong with new.
-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!