Dad's old Stanley #78

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11-26-2012 01:04 AM

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This morning I cleaned my Dad’s old Stanley #78 rabbet plane. Not sure what year it was produced but it was made in the USA. The plane was missing the guide fence and rod and the blade was rusted beyond salvation. Fortunately after over 100 years of production Stanley still makes this plane and replacement parts are available. After cleaning up and adding the fence and new blade the plane works as if it were new.

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#1 posted 11-26-2012 01:08 AM

Looks great. Nice restoration.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#2 posted 11-26-2012 01:10 AM

Look’s great.

Where was your source for the spare parts?

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#3 posted 11-26-2012 01:20 AM

I ordered the parts from the Stanely web sight. They were surprisingly inexpensive.

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#4 posted 11-26-2012 11:05 PM

A good plane to have. Let’s see it at work.

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#5 posted 11-27-2012 02:52 PM

A wonderful restoration.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 11-27-2012 07:04 PM


Can you give me the exact website that you ordered your parts from as I would like to do a similar restoration. When I tried to find the pieces all that I could find is that they “are out of stock”.

Mr. Bill

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#7 posted 11-27-2012 07:31 PM

Very cool and all there. Nice job. You’ll really like this plane. It’s my go to for rebates.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 11-27-2012 07:36 PM

I have a couple of these that I got on Ebay a good number of years back. They are really nice. The one that you have is very nice and I know that it means a lot to you. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 11-28-2012 01:27 AM

Mr. Bill, when you go to the Stanley sight and find the part you want it will say out of stock; I think this is because they are using another sight to sell the parts. Below the part you want to buy will be “Service Net”. Click on that line and it will take you to where you can order the part. Below is the link for the guide fence I bought.

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#10 posted 11-28-2012 12:03 PM

Mackcr, thank you for the response and the link!

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#11 posted 11-30-2012 03:18 PM

Mackcr – great job, and thanks for the replacement part info. I’m needing a replacement fence and depth stop, and was wondering if the “fence kit” you linked to included everything for the fence?

-- Jason K

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#12 posted 12-01-2012 01:05 AM

The fence kit did include the screw and guide rod.

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