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Forum topic by Axle505 posted 04-07-2017 04:26 PM 383 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Axle505

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04-07-2017 04:26 PM

I am making a larger wooden fence out of maple to be attached to my No. 78 project. I have never used a rabbet/shoulder plane with a fence—let alone a No. 78 (but, yeah, I’m refurbishing one).

So, the stock metal fence has a gap that exists by about 1/32” under the plane’s sole (at my finger).

Should I have the new maple fence come into contact with the sole (higher cards), or pull it back leaving the gap (lower cards) with the metal fence? Seems to me, I should go with the higher cards to eliminate the rocking, but I want to ask first.

Thanks, in advance.


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#1 posted 04-07-2017 11:24 PM

I’d make the fence deeper so there’s more surface to bear on the face of the plank as you cut into the edge. I wouldn’t be concerned with the gap between the fence and plane sole.

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#2 posted 04-08-2017 12:39 AM

Will consider it! Thank you for the comment!!! (After 81 views…)

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#3 posted 04-08-2017 12:50 AM

That “gap” was to keep the cutting edge of the iron away from the metal fence.

You can install the wood fence right against the sole, but….you will need to notch for the iron’s depth of cut.

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#4 posted 04-08-2017 01:12 PM

Really doesn’t matter, the rocking doesn’t affect how the fence or the plane registers against the work. But yeah since the fence is wood it doesn’t need a gap to protect the iron’s edge from it.

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#5 posted 04-08-2017 02:11 PM

Could tighten the fence’s rod as tight as you can, then use a file to make a thin “flat” along where the bolt tightens down to the rod. Gives the bolt something to hold onto better than a round spot. And, unless you are hitting things with the fence, there wouldn’t be any more “rocking” that way.

A #78 is rather hard to hold onto in use, no real place for the left hand to grab. You also need to apply pressure to keep whatever fence you use, tight against the work. ( I have a “shiny” spot on my left thumb’s knuckle, from using this plane….)

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