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Hi All
I found an old plane in our first house and all it has in the cast is Made in USA
It’s 1.5” wide x 8.25” long
Is this for rabbeting?

thanks
Greg

-- Greg Simon


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#1 posted 539 days ago

Yes, but it is also a convertible. It can be changed into a bull nose rabbeting plane.

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#2 posted 539 days ago

is that what the extra cavity in front is for?

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#3 posted 539 days ago

It’s a no. 78. Missing some parts unfortunately.

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#4 posted 539 days ago

Stanley #78 Duplex Rabbet (or clone)

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#5 posted 539 days ago

I agree. A 78 clone, missing the fence and cap.

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#6 posted 539 days ago

excellent – thanks everyone!

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#7 posted 539 days ago

I just downloaded the original specs from Stanley for it
I see what you mean now
http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~flip/wood/planes/stanley-078.html
likely a clone since there are no#78 or Stanley in the body other than “Made in USA”
thanks again
greg

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#8 posted 539 days ago

A rabbet plane of that kind will do certain cuts that no other tool (other than laborious hand carving) will do. Namely, it will make a tapered or curved rabbet cut. This is done in building lapstrake boats, where the planks fully lap (except for a slight bevel to give the planks a solid mating surface on a curved hull) throughout most of the length of the hull, but gradually taper toward the ends so that at bow and stern they are flush. The tapered rabbet (both on lower and upper mating planks) allows this joint. It’s not the only way to make the planks flush at the ends, but is the easiest (if you have a rabbet plane) and probably the best. I guess you could call it a tapered shiplap.

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#9 posted 539 days ago

I saw this thread and it reminded me that I have this same exact plane. My brother bought a house last year and it was left in a drawer in the garage. Mine is a bit more rusty but it appears that it is all there. It needs a little tlc but it isn’t bad.

Is this plane supposed to have two irons?

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