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#1 posted 11-19-2010 09:43 PM

Rich – I own both a shoulder plane and a rabbett block plane (without the nicker). They share the similarity of having the cutting blade stop essentially flush with the side of the tool. This allows both tools to plane a surface flush to a vertical wall as in a rabbetted channel or a tenon face to shoulder. The difference is in the shape of the plane’s body. Like Trevor, I use both tools to trim tenon faces – large tenons get the rabbett block and smaller tenons get the shoulder plane. The shoulder plane is a bit more versatile in that it works very well on its wide flat side to trim tenon shoulders (hence the tool’s name) and seems to accomodate more trimming/fitting situations than the block plane. Both are useful and have their place.


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