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ki7hy

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08-04-2016 05:55 PM

Hey guys/gals,

I’m thinking of picking up one of these, not the pair. I want to trim a very shallow rabbet on my tail board when hand cutting dovetails and have a decent block plane to use otherwise which this should do the trick unless others have suggestions.

Right handed and left handed versions….seems kind of extreme no? I understand when you go across grain with the rabbet it will pull the plane in toward the edge to make a better cut if the skew is pointed that way but is that the only reason? Could you potentially buy the opposite blade and exchange them or does the fence/cutter only mount to the one side? I would guess the pair would help in order to prevent tea rout at the end of a cut/board so you would use both with every pass but I guess I’m struggling with how we worked wood for a 1000 years and I haven’t ever seen skewed planes in both right and left handed in the vintage realm.

I have lots of old 100 year old Stanleys that I love. Haven’t found a block plane I love yet though and I would like to trim small rabbets for the tail boards.

Thoughts?


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Loren

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#1 posted 08-04-2016 06:04 PM

I’ve had some skew planes.

My opinion is it’s preferable to have the pointy
corner of the iron in the shoulder of the rabbet,
so perhaps if you’re right handed you might
prefer to push the plane one way rather than
the other.

I have an old Japan skew rabbet plane that’s
pretty adequate. It has a fence and it was
cheap on ebay. I don’t use it much but since
I sold the other skew planes I keep it around.

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ki7hy

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#2 posted 08-04-2016 06:06 PM

Yeah, I figured I would get one that point toward the wood (away from the fence when pushed right handed). Was just curious if two are really necessary. I just can’t see the expense and the history of things adding up.

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Homick

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#3 posted 08-10-2016 04:44 PM

If you only have one version, you can only plane in one direction. The plane design prevents ‘swapping sides’. Eventually, you will have to plane against the grain if you only have one version; bad things happen when you do this.

if you want to avoid skew rabbet planes altogether, scribe a line on your shoulder, cut down to your rabbet depth with a saw and remove the remainder of the rabbet material with a shoulder plane or a chisel.

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WhoMe

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#4 posted 08-10-2016 05:05 PM



If you only have one version, you can only plane in one direction. The plane design prevents swapping sides . Eventually, you will have to plane against the grain if you only have one version; bad things happen when you do

- Homick

Another possibility might be project specific in that there may not be room for one version or the other on that specific project.

In my case it would most likely be because I’m left handed and I do a lot of things opposite of the right handed norm.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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ki7hy

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#5 posted 08-10-2016 06:14 PM

Well, I guess we will see soon enough. I have one coming next Tuesday. I’m cheap so I opted for ground shipping. Apparently it’s by bicycle.

I do have a Stanley 220 I use. It’s not awesome but it isn’t too bad. So that with a right handed skew will hopefully be adequate. I actually have a hand full of block planes but only really like the 220 enough to use right now.

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Don W

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#6 posted 08-11-2016 12:49 AM

I’vegot the pair. I like a lot.

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

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ki7hy

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#7 posted 08-11-2016 01:41 AM

I have no doubt Don I will love the plane. Mainly worried about if I really need the pair instead of just one. I ordered the right handed version. If I find that a scraper doesn’t help clean up wrong grain direction then I’ll order the left handed one I suppose.

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#8 posted 08-11-2016 02:41 AM

I have the right handed. Haven’t found a need for the left as almost all rabbets will be on the inside of the joinery.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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ki7hy

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#9 posted 08-11-2016 03:04 PM

Thanks Fridge. I read your review but you aren’t one for long stories so…. :)

This will be my first new hand plane other than the Veritas router. Kind of excited to try a new one but hope I don’t start looking at my old Stanley’s different.

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