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Rabbet planes made from a cheap block plane and a junk jack plane (with wood handles)

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Project by StumpyNubs posted 01-11-2012 08:50 PM 25210 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All of us have a couple old planes we picked up at a yard sale and never use. I turned a couple of mine into something useful: A small rabbet plane for fine tuning tennons and rabbets, and a big Jack Rabbet plane for larger rabbets.

It took a bit of modification to make the iron come out the side of the plane body, but it only took a few hours to make them both. They are going to get new wooden fittings today (so this is a wooden project :)

The entire process is featured on the latest episode of Blue Collar Woodworking:

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#1 posted 01-11-2012 10:51 PM

That’s a unique approach. I hope you get lot’s of good use from it Jim.

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#2 posted 01-12-2012 02:27 AM

Can’t wait to see the process!

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#3 posted 01-12-2012 04:47 AM

Hi Stumpy,
Here’s a couple of planes I built-the #3 rabbet about 10 years ago(all Stanley parts) and the #78 I built in the 1970’s.The 78 is the answer to having to change the blade and not having a lever adjust.
Use these if you like for your up-coming “class & demo”
tom

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#4 posted 01-12-2012 03:01 PM

Do you have any problem with ships clogging up that small recess on your #3?

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#5 posted 01-12-2012 05:55 PM

Hi,
The clogging can sometimes be a problem-especially if I am working against the grain. I purposfully kept the side opening small because the web was typically thin. A thicker web would allow a larger recess. Also I wanted to minimize any potential flex. When I reassembled the plane last night I thought about enlarging the opening slightly.
Forgot to mention that the iron and chipbreaker are from a #7. The other thing-probably key to the planes sucess-be very very careful to not allow the width of the cutting edge to become narrower than the body of the plane. I think that I finally got mine to about .010” or so. The best way I found to trim the edge was to grind a relief on the back side,it serves two purposes one to trim and two a cleaner cut in the corner.
Hope this helps. It is a great project you are doing and an inexpensive alternative to a much needed plane.I also think that the size of a #3 is much more versitile.
tom

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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StumpyNubs

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#6 posted 01-12-2012 06:13 PM

I found out quickly that you need a large opening to keep it from clogging. I made mine as large as possible and have no problems. BUT, it does weaken the plane. If I was going to make it double sided like yours, I wouldn’t make it so large. But since mine is only on one side, it doesn’t weaken the plane fatally.

If I was going to make one that was double sided, I’d get an old Bedrock plane which has higher, thicker sides. Then you could open in up quite a bit without risking it breaking. But the only way I would cut into a Bedrock is if it was otherwise totally junk, like a missing frog, etc. Otherwise you might be better off just buying a Stanley #10.

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#7 posted 01-15-2012 01:50 AM

Video is now online… I posted it above!

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#8 posted 01-16-2012 04:54 PM

That’s pretty cool! I’ve never thought of doing that… until I saw this.

I may have to stop by the local antique/salvage barn later today.

Thanks for the post!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#9 posted 03-22-2013 07:10 AM

Hey Stumpy,

I don’t care what Kim Jong-un says about you. You are a great guy. I put you right up there with Roy U. and even better than Chris S.

Thanks a lot for your presence and all the videos and tips.
Best – Frank

-- fleetfoot

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#10 posted 07-21-2013 07:12 AM

love the opening of video

-- red

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