Coachmakers Rabbet Plane

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This little rebate plane is shaped in Purple heart to a very traditional pattern I found in an old woodworking magazine. I made the blade from a 3/4” spade bit and this seems to hold an edge quite well. Because the plane is just under 3/4” wide, it can be made from almost any hardwood offcut in the shop. It’s about 8” long. The trickiest part is to cut the mortice for the tang of the blade. Very satisfying to make and a joy to use.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#1 posted 05-09-2010 09:18 PM

Where can I get the plans?


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#2 posted 05-09-2010 09:22 PM

waauw thats a beautyfull plane
looks awesome in purpple

thankĀ“s for sharing


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#3 posted 05-09-2010 09:37 PM

that looks beautifull my friend

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#4 posted 05-09-2010 09:37 PM

Hey D1st, the plans are in my head! Suppose I can do a bit of a write up if you want. Notottoman, you should try making some wooden planes. Once you get the hang of them they work a treat.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 05-09-2010 10:01 PM

Great Job. That looks great!

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#6 posted 05-09-2010 10:47 PM

that is awesome and a great use of those spade bits you loose the tip on and just don’t have the heart to throw away

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#7 posted 05-09-2010 10:54 PM

looks like a purple dinosaur! so how DID you cut the mortise?

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#8 posted 05-09-2010 10:57 PM

Great looking plane – I would call it Barney…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#9 posted 05-09-2010 11:52 PM

That is almost to pretty to use. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 05-10-2010 12:02 AM

Beautiful Piece Of Work Div! Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#11 posted 05-10-2010 01:03 AM

Very nice. I am impressed. I will second that it reminded me of a dinosaur.
I have never heard of using a spade bit before. Good idea.

How do you cut that mortise?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 05-10-2010 01:18 AM

Awesome work. Yes yes! Do tell about the mortise!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#13 posted 05-10-2010 02:26 AM

jm82435 beat me to it. As soon as I saw the pic – “I love you. You love me…......”. That really is a gorgeous plane.

-- I may not know a lot, but at least I know that I don't know.?.?. I think.

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#14 posted 05-10-2010 03:05 AM

Nice work Div. I would be interested in reviewing any plans if you publish.

Nothing beats a homemade tool that works as good or better than a purchased tool. Good work. Thanks for your post.

-- TheQueTip, Killeen Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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#15 posted 05-10-2010 04:20 AM

Hey Div,
Sweet job..well done.

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