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Forum topic by BrentParkin posted 11-04-2015 04:40 AM 413 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BrentParkin

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11-04-2015 04:40 AM

Does anyone have real experience using a Stanley #46 plane? I have had one sitting around for years and recently found a set of original cutters for it. Basically I want to use it for rabbeting and not plowing or dados. The trouble is that the big cutter used for this, doesn’t quite sit on the sliding section when I put things together. There is a gap!

I checked the rods and found one was bent. I had a second 46 in a junk bin and so I took the rods from it since they were straight. Still no luck though. The gap is the same. I checked the rods while installed in the plane’s body as well with an engineer’s square and they are as close to 90 degrees to the body as you could hope for. I checked for square using the skate as a reference and the body as well. Since the body’s casting isn’t a machined smooth surface, there was a super slight deviation from square, but really not a lot and I would blame sitting the square on the fancy casting as the problem. Everything seems so straight and true. I would hate to have to buy a new Veritas skew Rabbet when I have a nice old Stanley on hand.

I have attached a picture of the gap hoping somebody might send me off in a direction that can solve this.

-- Regards,


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Don W

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#1 posted 11-04-2015 07:07 PM

since the fence is not skewed, I would assume its not supposed to touch. I could be wrong though.

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#2 posted 11-04-2015 07:38 PM

Hi Don,

I would expect that it is meant to touch to support the outside edge of the big 1 1/2” cutter used for rabbetting. Otherwise the cutter is only supported on one edge. As I recall, my Stanley 45’s do contact the cutter when using wide plane irons….. Of course I too could be wrong. LOL.

-- Regards,

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#3 posted 11-04-2015 07:55 PM

I haven’t found blades for mine yet, so I can’t test it on mine either. I’d try it, and see if it works.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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