Dad's old Stanley #78

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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 507 days ago

Looks great. Nice restoration.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#2 posted 507 days ago

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 507 days ago

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

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#4 posted 506 days ago

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

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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#5 posted 506 days ago

A wonderful restoration.

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

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#6 posted 506 days ago


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 506 days ago

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 506 days ago

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

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 505 days ago

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 505 days ago

Mackcr, thank you for the response and the link!

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#11 posted 503 days ago

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 502 days ago

The fence kit did include the screw and guide rod.

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