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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 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.

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