picking a rabbet plane

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Forum topic by derosa posted 04-15-2011 05:42 PM 4078 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2011 05:42 PM

My wife wants to start making picture frames and since she is afraid of the router she wants to start by using hand planes so I need recommendations.
Looking on Amazon there are the stanley 12-978, the groz duplex rabbeting plane, the grizzly h8567 duplex rabbet plane and the anant a-78 rabbet plane. The first three are in the 50-60 range while the anant is in the 80 range. Also open to other suggestions that are in the 50.00-150.00 range.

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#1 posted 04-15-2011 05:52 PM

Rabbeting with planes is not much fun. It works easiest in softer woods
with easy, straight grain.

If you have $150 to spend I say get a skewed rabbet plane like the
Stanley #289. Cuts a lot better than the straight rabbet planes. These
planes can be found on ebay.

Veritas makes a modern version too. Costs a lot more than $150.

You can rabbet with a jointer or with the table saw too.

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#2 posted 04-15-2011 06:13 PM

I’m not a big fan of planes modeled after the #78. If it were my wife, and she was commited to woodworking, I would drop the money for the Veritas. The #78 is probably an exercise in frustration for her.,41182,48945

Another option would be to build simple router table with a Trim router in it…. Probably the cheapest option (outside of finding a used Rabbet Plane on Ebay.

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#3 posted 04-15-2011 06:45 PM

if you go for the stanley then go for the duplex rabbet and filistre 78 plane
and make a longer fence out of wood and screw it on
the same way as Mafe did on his 45 and 50 plough planes

but Veritas ain´t a bad choice either to do the same with but I don´t know
if it has the scoringknife allso so it can dubble as a fillisteplane too

congrat´s to have a new apprentice in the shop :-)

take care

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#4 posted 04-15-2011 07:09 PM

If your going to stay in the 078 style plane, see if you can find a record 778 on ebay. They have improved fence support. I would agree with Dennis on adding a wood fence.

One currently listed on ebay

Blog Post of a restoration of one I did once upon a time:

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