Adjustable Mouth Block Plane or Rabbet Block Plane

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Forum topic by langski93 posted 10-26-2009 11:42 PM 1827 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-26-2009 11:42 PM

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I am about to pull the trigger on a new block plane and need to make a decision that I was hoping others could help me with. I am going to upgrade from a Craftsman Adjustable Block to either the LN Block Plane or the LN Rabbet Block Plane. I like the adjustability of the mouth of the A. Block Plane, but I like the way the rabbet block can snug right up to the cheek or shoulder of a tenon as the blade can be registered right up to the outside edge of the plane’s body. Some will undoubtedly say that I can’t go wrong with either choice, but what will I miss if I cannot adjust the mouth of the Rabbet Block plane like I can with its Adjustable cousin? There are a lot of hand planers on this site, so I am anxious to here the feedback. Thanks in advance.

-- Langski, New Hampshire

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#1 posted 10-27-2009 12:07 AM

Go with the low angle adjustable mouth block. I have both, and both are nice, but of all of the hand planes I own the block plane is used the most. Pretty much every project will be touched in some way by a block plane before it is finished. Being able to tighten up the mouth is a necessity to stop tear out on some cuts.

The rabbet plane is more of a specialty plane, mostly only used for cheeks or half laps, mostly stuff that will eventually be hidden. It has a pretty wide mouth and is prone to tearing. It works well when cross cutting the grain, but less so when planing with the grain.

I would go with the adjustable block and a sharp chisel for cleaning up cheeks before I would spend on the rabbet plane again.

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