Questions about the Stanley No. 78 Rabbet Plane

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Forum topic by Axle505 posted 04-02-2017 04:17 PM 600 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2017 04:17 PM

Do you flatten it? Really. I watched many Youtube videos on the 78, and no one suggests flattening as a part of tuning, aside form “cleaning up the sole.” There was mention that the sole and the right side should be 90 degrees from the factory. The sides on my plane are close—but not 90 degrees.

Also, the bullnose front—if I understand bullnose planes—are supposed to have toes that are slightly higher than the soles? True? It would appear that this is the case with my 78, as well.

Also, anyone here ever attached a longer wood fence to the stock metal one?  

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#1 posted 04-02-2017 05:04 PM

Hi Axle-
I would just check the flatness, and for other defects, if there was serious issue I may not elect not to put the time into the plane, but thats generally not the case. Usually planes are flat enough and square enough for my woodworking purposes. Anywhere near 90 degrees is close enough since we’re only cutting rabbets.

If your talking about the most forward part of that plane … right … never lower then the sole.

Just clean off the rust, maybe some very fine emery cloth sheet adhered to a flat table top.

I’ve attached auxiliary fences to jointer planes but never to a #78. i haven’t seen the need for that.

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#2 posted 04-02-2017 05:24 PM

Thank you. I’ve had some trouble getting answer for this on another sight.

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#3 posted 04-02-2017 05:53 PM

How’s it perform? I had trouble with a #93 shoulder plane the ended up needing sole work, but I’ve not checked my #78 because, with a sharpened blade, it cuts very well. Ditto the 90^ comment, not a huge issue or feature either way.

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