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BobM001

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933 days ago

I have the opportunity to purchase either a “vintage” USA manufacture or a “Made in England” blade for a Stanley No. 78 rabbet plane. Both are “new”. Which would be the better quailty steel? Or is it the same?

Bob

-- OK, who's the wise guy that shrunk the plywood?


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Bill White

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#1 posted 933 days ago

I’d go for USA. Just because….......
Bill

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#2 posted 933 days ago

The blade steel will be about the same. I would go with the blade that matches where your #78 was made.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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BobM001

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#3 posted 933 days ago

I found a 1/8” Lie-Neilsen replacement blade for it. A bit less dough than the USA “vintage”. The other was much less from England. I’m getting outfitted for timber framing school this fall. Saw this “recommended” tool and kinda had one of those “gotta have it” moments. After spending $300+ for Barr framing chisels with holsters I figured what’s another Ben for a MINT plane. ;>)

Bob

-- OK, who's the wise guy that shrunk the plywood?

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#4 posted 933 days ago

Yeah, the 78 should be fine. If you found a LN blade for it, I’d go with that. I like to outfit my old Stanley planes with LN irons. The 78 isn’t my favorite plane—not really fit for fine work, but it has its purposes. Best wishes to you at your timber framing school!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 933 days ago

Mostly for clean up tight to the shoulders of those BIG tenons on the timbers they say.

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