Assuming you mean a side rabbet plane, there are a few currently
available on ebay - search for Stanley 98 or 99. It looks like an
interesting tool, but at the risk of exposing my ignorance, can you
share what you intend to use it for? It seems like a shoulder plane or
a chisel (cranked neck?) would accomplish the same thing if you're
trying to clean up a rabbet - what am I missing?
Thanks for enlightening me,
So what exactly is unclear in your mind? The write-up says it all. The
alternative is to adjust the thickness of the tenon which goes into the
dado. You do shoulder as a matter of course for rack resistance, don't you?
LV makes a nice shoulder plane.
I've got an old Preston, the double sided version.
It's very little use. Of the few times it would have been useful, it was
too wide to fit into the tiny groove I was working of. For bigger
grooves (anything drawer-bottom sized) it's just easier to make the
grrove fit in the first place, by having a properly ground iron in the
The single-sided ones are awkward to sharpen and hard to adjust. The
double sided ones are a nightmare to adjust ! Many people reckon you
can't ever adjust both sides to cut well simultaneously.
I think it might have some use for on-site fitting work, easing
already-made pieces that have stopped working owing to damp weather or
whatever. As a tool for building with, it's of very little use. I
certainly wouldn't pay $180 for one.
All too true!
I have a single sided Stanley (hardly ever used). The cutting edges are so
angled so that they have quite sharp points. The principal problem is that
when a blade is set to cut properly, the point protrudes beyond the sole and
As far as I can see, the way to set such gadgets is to run the sole along an
oilstone just enough to blunt the point to stop it trying to dig in yet
having just sufficient projection (as with a normal shoulder/rebate plane)
to ensure that the corner is cleaned out.
The small amount of 'sole' is a distinct disadvantage when trying to align
the plane at the start of a cut. Furthermore, habitual backward strokes can
have unwanted effects!
Prevention better than cure?
Jeff Gorman, West Yorkshire, UK
email : Username is amgron
I use either my dado blade or straight bits on my router table. Having
an Incra Fence allows me to make adjustments to .001 with a micro
adjuster. I ALSO like using Neander tools too, which is why I'm buying
more and more of them...
Are you talking about the side rabbett plane set, or the skew block
plane with the removable side?
I have the latter and use it all the time for trimming tenons and such.
I like it and would buy
Note that the $185 price is for two planes - a left hand and right hand. I
think they used to sell these individually, but apparently do not anymore.
You may be able to find them individually at retail dealers.
In my view, its better to cut the dado or groove right to start with. This
is fairly straighforward to do if you using a router or dado blade and you
make test cuts first. I noted the post from someone who actually owns this
type of plane and they did not recommend it. The fact that they are not
widely manufactured any more ought to say something. These seem like one of
those purchase you make when you just can't figure out where to spend money
on new tools - like the guy who bought every jig Tormek makes just because
they were there.
You make an excellent point. I had no idea if the side rabbet plane is
something every self respecting Neander would have. I just recently saw
it in a catalog. I do NOT believe in owning every tool; just the ones
that are practical for me.
Maybe the fact that the aren't too common explains why LV doesn't make
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