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Forum topic by Letorix posted 10-24-2011 05:35 PM 1305 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-24-2011 05:35 PM

So many to pick from on Ebay, would like to spend less that $100.

Also I don’t know why they have what looks like two blades.

Thoughts, opinions, and experienced welcome and appreciated.

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#1 posted 10-24-2011 09:53 PM

Do you want a block plane or a larger plane? The multiple blade postions are usually a bullnose / rabbet plane or a fillester / rabbet plane. No real advantage to them that i know of over a regular rabbet except you have a single multi-purpose plane instead of needing two planes.

Here’s a Millers Falls Bullnose for less than $10

Stanley Duplex (doesn’t have a fence but does have a depth stop)

and a decent looking Stanley shoulder plane.

If you search by price I get 165 or so total auctions and have to go 3 pages back to get to planes over $100. The usual suspects all apply: Stanley, Millers Falls, Record, Sargent

For a little bit more you can buy the LN Rabbet for about $175 or a number of the Veritas planes.

Personally I would go for a shoulder plane over a regular rabbet plane but they tend to cost a bit more – I assume due to the extra metal in the body.

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#2 posted 10-24-2011 11:37 PM

You are looking at the duplex models, which make a rough, but serviceable
cut. A skew rabbet plane like the Stanley 289 or new Veritas skew is
a much smoother cutting tool.

A Stanley no. 46 can serve as well.

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#3 posted 10-25-2011 04:12 AM

Ok, I’m thinking the biggest use would be for cabinets and tenons.

On the 78 duplex what is the front section used for?

I like the looks of the 289, the way the blade is at an angle.

Also like that 93 looks like you can use both sides.

These are good tips, Thanks!

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#4 posted 10-25-2011 04:18 AM

I have a no. 78 I bought at an antique mall a while back… that front section is used the same way as the back area, but it lets you get closer to the end of a stopped rabbet

-- San Diego, CA

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