Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #62: Tuning a Rabbet Plane

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Blog entry by retired_guru posted 02-07-2016 07:33 PM 1234 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 61: Tuning a barely usable trimming plane Part 62 of Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring series Part 63: Veritas Mk. II Honing Guide Review »

Last year I acquired this rabbet plane from a computer client. I finally got around to honing the iron and tuning the setup. I ended up eyeballing the iron angle in a Veritas Mk II and came close enough that the new edge would work for this plane. It took a while to get the skew angle eyeballed and locked down. I put an ever-so-slight beveled on the corners.

Wood plane are still a bit of mystery (black art!) to me. It took a lot of fiddling and guess work to figure out how to make the iron adjustable and still keep the wedge in.

Two sets of shavings here, one from oak and the other from pine. On the latter, you can see both thick and thin curls.

The sound. The feel. I had to stop myself from planing into eternity. The pine edge was as smooth as new born baby’s butt. I could get used to this.

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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#1 posted 02-09-2016 05:37 PM

Nicely done Paul. Looks like you conquered the intricacies of the rabbit plane.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 04-06-2016 01:31 PM

Nicely done Paul. Looks like you conquered the intricacies of the rabbit plane.

- luv2learn

Thanks, Lee. A short time after I posted this I found on closer inspection that the sole is not flat. This is old and well used by the master who had it before me. In the near future I have to decided whether to flatten the sole and accept the larger mouth, add a new piece of hardwood to the sole to bring back to original specs or just make a new body and reuse the iron. So many things going on right now, this can wait.

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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