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#1 posted 11-19-2010 09:40 PM

Rich—In my shop, the shoulder plane (an older Stanley 92 … not one of the new breed of ‘Sweethearts’) is used exclusively for cleaning up shoulders on tenons. It has a 3/4” blade, and a relatively small frame (only 5 1/2” long), so it would be a lot of work to push it through 3’ of oak.

To cut a rebate, I have a vintage Sargent Fillister plane ( similar to,id,538387.html# ). This plane is larger & heavier (blade is 1 1/2” wide, the plane is about 10” long, and is made of cast iron). The fillister plane has a ‘knicker’ that establishes a clean cut line, an adjustable fence to control the width of the cut, and an adjustable stop to control the depth. The other night, I cut a 1/4” rebate 3/8” deep in a 3’ piece of red oak in about 5 minutes.

I just bought (on eBay) another vintage plane … a Stanley No 45 plow plane to cut grooves with. The one I bought dates to about 1910, is in ‘minty condition’ (whatever that is) and comes with two boxes of blades (20 total).

Since my ability to use my machinery during the winter months (cramped garage/workshop) is very limited, the hand tools come in really handy … and there is hardly any noise!


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