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03-31-2017 02:17 AM

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Im restoring an 1896 commercial building that was at one time a very unique hardware store. The building is 120’ long and it has 60’ of solid wood tiered cabinets on each side. I’m currently restoring the cabinets and portions of the upper cabinet trim, which is very intricate, was removed so I could strip the trim. The cabinet fronts have hinged doors with glass inserts, each with a rabbet joint that sealed against the oak frame work. When I removed one parts of the high fascia trim over the cabinets I found this tool. I wonder if it was used to trim the rabbet joints? Any ideas of its use. It is in good shape and I have not cleaned it.

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#1 posted 03-31-2017 02:46 AM

Nice bullnose rebate plane. Nice find. Works good on blind rebates to get up close to the end. Some of the newer ones are made so that you can take the nose off which is handy. I have a Millers Falls bullnose rebate that has had the nose permanently removed. It’s a bit tricky to use.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#2 posted 03-31-2017 02:59 AM

well, they made those from 1879-1973, so it may well date to the 1890s

I’ll give it to you straight—that plane (Stanley #75 or any of it’s knock-offs) is the Ford Pinto of Stanley’s line-up. I have several by different manufacturers and can tell you that they don’t work very well.

You can read about them here (about halfway down the page)

Finally, here’s a shot of a couple I have: TOP: Millers Falls #4; BOTTOM Stanley #75

BTW – once you clean it up, you may have a better idea of its true age if the iron is stamped. (the logos change over time and help narrow down the time period of manufacture)

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