Frog Rebate Plane

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Project by RusticJohn posted 04-27-2012 05:39 AM 2489 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I must be getting a bit particular in my old age but I just can’t seem to find a commercial plane that performs the way I think it should. I have had several Stanley 78s over the years and none of them cut nice clean rebates (rabbets in the US). Seems to me to be a problem of a plane doing lots of things but none of them well.

My answer is this plane that only cuts one size rebate and nothing else. I probably only cut about three different sizes anyway. It based on the traditional Japanese plane but much more comfortable to use. Made of Ash with a European Beech sole. I only used these as my son gave me some offcuts from his work. However both have worked very well. The frog carving is just the icing on the cake. Slowly getting a little more bold in the extent of the carving and the way it wraps around the body of the wood.

There is a fine line with the carving as I want the plane to be ornate but useable. Its prime function is to work and not just look good. I also want the carving to blend with the plane and not take over in a Baroque like style. The plane will take some knocks over the years but this is OK. The chips and dents will add to the old craftsman’s tool look.

I was surprised to see how effective the side blade is as it really pulls the main blade into the shoulder of the work piece. I get a lovely, clean right angled joint that is straight up and straight across, and at right angles. Not like other planes which seem to creep the cut a little on each planing stroke.

A good result that will be the basis of a couple more. Next time I will move the main blade and the side blade more towards the back so my front hand is not so crowded when holding it.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 04-27-2012 11:20 AM

You did a great job on this. A unique tool for sure and definitely an eye-catcher.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 04-27-2012 11:25 AM

terrific tool..adore the frog!!

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#3 posted 04-27-2012 11:28 AM

Every plane should have a frog.
Nice plane. I like the knicker.

-- Mel,

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#4 posted 04-27-2012 12:05 PM

Nice plane , the frog carved in it looks cool.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 04-27-2012 12:54 PM

that is simply extraordinary. Very well done.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 04-27-2012 01:10 PM

Great great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#7 posted 04-27-2012 01:19 PM

Great tool, carving looks woderful as well.

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

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#8 posted 04-27-2012 01:29 PM

Wouldn’t this be a ribbit plane 8-)

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#9 posted 04-27-2012 05:41 PM

Great looks for a functional item – I am awe of your skill

-- socrbent Ohio

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#10 posted 04-27-2012 05:52 PM

Fantastic! I love it!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 04-27-2012 07:59 PM

thanks for sharing and inspiring us :-)

well done


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#12 posted 04-27-2012 08:12 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments. I agree it certainly should be called a ribbet plane and I hadn’t noticed the coincidence of the frog with that on other planes but you are sharp on this.

-- RusticJohn

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#13 posted 04-28-2012 02:49 AM

always love your planes John!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 04-28-2012 02:52 AM

I hope that as you use the plane it croaks out a nice “Rebate, Rebate,” for you. You could try carving a bunny on the next Rabbet plane. Oh the puns… I can’t help myself.

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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#15 posted 04-28-2012 03:08 AM

Well a challenge is a challenge. I am currently making another plane and I will put a rabbit or two on it for you.

-- RusticJohn

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