Rabbet plane + back bevel

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Forum topic by Alex_III posted 04-11-2019 01:17 PM 273 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2019 01:17 PM

Hi there,

I’m about to buy LV skew rabbet plane. I want to make some raised panels (about 60, I guess).
Obviously I’ll have to plane against the grain a lot, so here I have options:
1. buy a pair to my rabbet plane, left-hand in my case. that will cost 200 euro.
2. buy another plane. I’m thinking about LN 60-1/2 Rabbet Block Plane. $175.
3. buy extra blade and hone a back bevel to increase cutting angle. that will be 25 euro.

1st option is quite expensive and specialized. Also I’m not too happy with left-handed planing.
2nd is much more attractive due to versatility, but I’m a little bit uncomfortable with this option because I already bought LN 60-1/2 with adjustable mouth.

The question is: is the option 3 even possible? Would back bevel work on skew rabbet plane against the grain?

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#1 posted 04-11-2019 01:33 PM

Maybe you are just so into the whole hand tool thing that you don’t want to use any power but 60 panels is a lot to do by hand. I get it if you have that kind of time and patience.

In my shop, I would be doing this size production run on a choice of three different tools; The table saw on an upright jig, the router table with a panel raising bit set, or the shaper with upright cutters. ( Probably a combination of all three.)

Panel raising planes are awesome for that furniture piece that you want to hand build but 60 hand planed panels is going to cut into my beer drinking time way too deep!

Also, If you are dead set on hand planing this project, you might be a good candidate for fabricating your own panel raising plane set. I have seen instructions for these in old Fine Woodworking magazines. The Planes themselves then become part of the final outcome and you can make them as artistic as you want.

As far as cross grain planing, it’s all about the edge on the iron.

Good luck with your project.
Best regards,

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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#2 posted 04-11-2019 03:45 PM

I’m kind of confused, what are you using for the profile of the panels? This is just for the rabbeting the back side of the panels?

As to you already having bought the 60 1/2 and wanting the 60 1/2 rn, where I live I could sell the 60 1/2 for almost as much as they are new(same on ebay), so I would mainly be out the shipping and tax and upcharge. For many people I think the rn version could replace the regular unless you need the adjustable mouth for some reason.

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#3 posted 04-11-2019 04:30 PM

Somewhat like this:
Christopher Schwarz did it the same way.
Just to be clear, the options are for finishing passes. I wouldn’t plane the entire bevel with block plane or high angle blade.

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