I’m straying a little from the bench planes today and documenting the restoration of a Stanley #78 Duplex Filletster and Rabbet Plane. I found this plane at the flea market last weekend and had been wanting to play with one. This one was in fairly good condition and was complete. Many of these planes that you find are missing parts. Things to look for are the depth stop, fence, and 3 blade spur.
This plane can be used with the blade in two position one for normal use where you cut rabbets and bullnose position. This plane was made after 1925 given the lever that is used to adjust the blade. A good post on how to tune this planes can be found on the Australian Woodworking Forums.
Here are some before photos.
The next step was to disassemble the plane. Here are some photos of it apart
Next I removed any rust from various parts with abrasive blocks and then applied a coat of schallac to all of the japanned (black) parts. This protects the plane from further rust and brightens the finish. If needed it can be removed with denatured alcohol.
One trick I use to to clean up screws in a drill chuck on the lathe. I use abrasive blocks while the lathe is spinning. I does a good job.
Next to assemble and test the plane. I sharpened the blade earlier in the week, so it is good to go.
It cuts rabbets quickly….
Have a wonderful weekend….
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