Coachmakers Rabbet Plane

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This little rebate plane is shaped in Purple heart to a very traditional pattern I found in an old woodworking magazine. I made the blade from a 3/4” spade bit and this seems to hold an edge quite well. Because the plane is just under 3/4” wide, it can be made from almost any hardwood offcut in the shop. It’s about 8” long. The trickiest part is to cut the mortice for the tang of the blade. Very satisfying to make and a joy to use.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#1 posted 1537 days ago

Where can I get the plans?


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#2 posted 1537 days ago

waauw thats a beautyfull plane
looks awesome in purpple

thankĀ“s for sharing


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#3 posted 1537 days ago

that looks beautifull my friend

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#4 posted 1537 days ago

Hey D1st, the plans are in my head! Suppose I can do a bit of a write up if you want. Notottoman, you should try making some wooden planes. Once you get the hang of them they work a treat.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 1537 days ago

Great Job. That looks great!

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#6 posted 1537 days ago

that is awesome and a great use of those spade bits you loose the tip on and just don’t have the heart to throw away

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#7 posted 1537 days ago

looks like a purple dinosaur! so how DID you cut the mortise?

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#8 posted 1537 days ago

Great looking plane – I would call it Barney…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#9 posted 1537 days ago

That is almost to pretty to use. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 1537 days ago

Beautiful Piece Of Work Div! Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#11 posted 1537 days ago

Very nice. I am impressed. I will second that it reminded me of a dinosaur.
I have never heard of using a spade bit before. Good idea.

How do you cut that mortise?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 1537 days ago

Awesome work. Yes yes! Do tell about the mortise!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#13 posted 1537 days ago

jm82435 beat me to it. As soon as I saw the pic – “I love you. You love me…......”. That really is a gorgeous plane.

-- I may not know a lot, but at least I know that I don't know.?.?. I think.

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#14 posted 1537 days ago

Nice work Div. I would be interested in reviewing any plans if you publish.

Nothing beats a homemade tool that works as good or better than a purchased tool. Good work. Thanks for your post.

-- TheQueTip, Round Rock Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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#15 posted 1537 days ago

Hey Div,
Sweet job..well done.

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