Cutting the rabbet on the tail board...which plane?

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Forum topic by Millo posted 09-15-2012 04:22 AM 653 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-15-2012 04:22 AM

Well, the appropriate ones I guess would be a skew rabbet block plane with a a fence or a moving fillister, but the next two planes on my list to get were a router plane and a large shoulder plane. Has anyone used a router plane with a fence or shoulder plane against a batten to make a rabbet for the tail board when hand-cutting dovetails?


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#1 posted 09-15-2012 04:55 AM

Use the shoulder plane.


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#2 posted 09-15-2012 07:38 PM

I think the shoulder plane works well, especially if a marking knife scribes the edge of the rabbet first.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 09-15-2012 08:56 PM

Shoulder plane, most definitely.

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#4 posted 09-16-2012 03:32 AM

thanks for the replies, guys!

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#5 posted 09-19-2012 05:30 PM

Cool, I’ll get the Verita large shoulder plane before the router plane, then. I’ve putting off these purchases for a while. Have a good one…

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#6 posted 09-19-2012 05:33 PM

Between those two, shoulder plane, definitely.

My choice is a vintage Stanley #45 though… there are a lot of other vintage planes that will do it too…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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