Stanley 444 Dovetail plane


Anyone have a link, manual (beyond what Stanley provides) or can share personal experience in using this tool ? Gonna be picking one up tomorrow and would like to learn how to use it. TIA
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On Sat, 13 Aug 2005 00:39:44 -0400, "JPE" <jsawduste> wrote:

http://www.supertool.com/ of course

Very brief - I played with one, just to see what it was like.
Horrible thing to use. As for all of these iron-bodied multiplane gadgets (like the #45) there's barely any "mouth" to them and so cross-grain performance is particularly bad. Not a happy plane when cutting a dado. If you want to make sliding dovetails with it, then there are wooden dovetail planes around that do a much better job.

It's a terrible working tool and very valuable as a collectible. So flog it to someone who wants to admire it and use something better yourself.
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JPE wrote:

As with the 45 or 55, you'll sort of have to teach yourself how to use it. If you really like working with hand tools you may enjoy it, but a router is much easier. If there is one Stanley plane that was made immediately and totally obsolete by the (electric) router, I'd have to say this is it.
John Martin
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