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Lochlainn1066

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#1 posted 11-20-2010 09:02 AM

The 45 does everything but supposedly does none of it well. I don’t have one so I don’t know the truth of this, but most “pro” plane users use dedicated plows, rabbets, and shoulders. It may be that the setup time for each operation is too high for a 45 when you can keep 3 separate planes set up for 3 operations. I see how this makes sense.

As for rabbets vs. shoulders, most rabbets tend to be wider than shoulder planes, at least for modern makers. I see the rabbet as for cutting the joint and the shoulder for tuning it.

Check out http://www.infill-planes.com/ and look at the rabbets vs shoulders. Some things we call shoulders are there marked by the mfr as rabbets. The map is not the terrain; if a plane works for what you want it to, who cares what it is called?

My next “need” for planes is a #10 or equivalent. I have a home-built shoulder that works ok and a really nice wooden moving fillister, but a bench style rabbet would be really nice.

-- Nate, thegaragestudio.etsy.com


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