stanley rabbet plane

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Forum topic by BigJohn posted 06-12-2015 12:21 AM 1072 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2015 12:21 AM

Anyone used this plane? Just wondering if its any good.

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#1 posted 06-12-2015 12:22 AM

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#2 posted 06-12-2015 12:28 AM

IDK about the Stanley but my Record rebate works well.

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#3 posted 06-12-2015 12:39 AM

Pain in the ass to set up, but works amazingly well, picked one up at an estate sale brand new in the box! Someone just gave me an old #78 user, about an hour rehab and cutting fine.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 06-12-2015 12:50 AM

Are you talking about a new or vintage one? The new ones seem to have fairly poor quality control and machining. Some people like the vintage ones and some don’t. I happen to like mine, it cuts pretty well if the grain of the wood is nice enough. If you buy a vintage one make sure to pass on anything that doesn’t have a fence and depth stop because you’ll pay almost as much for an incomplete one and still have to buy or scrounge the replacement parts so you’ll pay more in total. Those two parts are missing on many or most vintage examples.

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#5 posted 06-12-2015 03:36 AM

A good friend moved into a new house and found one in the garage. It was in awesome shape. He gave it to me like the good friend he is. I have to agree with Andre, it’s a bit of a pain to get zeroed in. But once you got it on target it’s a really great told. I’ve found it very useful on a few projects. It’s one of those tools, you don’t ever think you’ll need it until you do and when you finally do get it, you wonder how you ever got along with out it.

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#6 posted 06-14-2015 07:03 PM

I think the old ones are fantastic!! I have several of them as well as the lee Valley version. The Lee Valley does do a better job on cross grain, but for edge grain my vintage 78’s are just dandy. If you’re interested in buying an older one, drop me a PM. It might not be as shiny, but it’ll work great.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#7 posted 06-15-2015 11:22 AM

I am not a novice with hand planes, to FWIW I would say no, not “fantastic” but more like Andre said – PITA to set up, PITA to keep set, and for me, a PITA to use.

IMO it is just not a quality made tool. It is too light, the handle it way to small, the blade setting is quite tedious, and overall the plane is inconsistent because of this. For me, it failed when it seems I needed it most. One pass would be a nice a shaving the the next 3-4 times as thick. If you get into any cross grain or variable grain situations you can just about forget it with this plane. This is the reason why rabbet planes really need to be skewed (and the good ones are).

I also tried to use it like a shoulder plane to adjust tenon cheeks – that was a disaster. I think most of my problems with this particular plane had to do with 1) never getting comfortable with the plane in my hand because of the design, and 2) constantly having to fiddle with it.

I’ve purchased the rabbet plane Woodcraft had on sale (if it will ever get here).

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#8 posted 06-15-2015 12:11 PM

Thanks for the replies. Think I will pass on it. Been thinking about the veritas, but dont know much about that one either.

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