Rabbet Plane

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Project by Dchip posted 02-14-2011 06:09 PM 4228 views 12 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Credit for this project goes to Brian at GarageWoodworks –

Instead of the chisel, though, I got an IBC replacement blade for a LN medium shoulder plane on sale at woodcraft a while back with the intention of trying my hand at plane-making. The plane works surprisingly well, and I will definitely be pursuing other styles of planes. All comments/ question/ criticisms are appreciated.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 06:17 PM

That’s a great plane!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#2 posted 02-14-2011 07:12 PM

This is incredibly well done. It is also a design that I have not seen before.

I’ve already made one plane that I am very pleased with and I have purchased the iron for a shoulder/rabbet plane. I may copy this design.

This looks like oak with a reddish stain. Am I right about that?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 07:42 PM

Simply awesome. Can you detect any flex in the body? It’s an outstanding piece of work.

-- 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 02-14-2011 09:15 PM

With a nice premium blade like that it should be no surprise that it works well. The quality of the body is not as important as the blade. Looks very cool. Nice work!

Rich- Looks like Mahogany to me or at least thats what I would bet on the wood being.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#5 posted 02-14-2011 10:22 PM

Thanks for the input all.

It is indeed philippine mahogany and walnut. I was a little worried about the stress of the wedge on the thin walnut strip, but so far so good. Assuming everything is cut square, the only forces should really be forward and backward, and there is a pretty large long-grain to long-grain glue surface between the two pieces. Also, I haven’t done much more than a light tap from a mallet on the wedge, as this holds the blade well.

I would encourage anyone to give this a try, Brian’s directions above are very good.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#6 posted 02-15-2011 02:38 AM

great work.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 02-15-2011 12:17 PM

Now you’ve gone and done it! You’ve taken that fatal first step down the road to (shudder) wooden plane making addiction!

It’s too late for you, you’re hooked, but let this be a lesson to the rest of you!

Just say no to making planes!

Only you can prevent plane making addiction!

(tongue firmly in cheek)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#8 posted 02-15-2011 06:28 PM

There is much truth in your jest BigTiny.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#9 posted 02-15-2011 06:42 PM

Very intersting, well done on your and thx for the video of him making this!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 02-20-2011 04:58 AM

Nicely done. I love home made planes (as long as the irons are good). Which side do the shavings go when you plane, I dont’ see any of the curvature in the wedge to direct them one way or another?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#11 posted 03-10-2011 10:58 PM

That’s a good point RG, I never thought about the necessity for that. The shavings for now just curl into the void until I push them out with my finger.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#12 posted 03-10-2011 11:18 PM

It’s a beautiful plane and thanks for the post.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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