Rebate Plane

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    Hi Christopher here
    I am looking to buy a rebate plane for a project I am going to start in the next two to three weeks
    I have being looking at the Stanley 78 and a few other on amazon.
    Does anyone have know if this is a good plane or have any suggestions for a good plane that does not cost the earth e.g. 300+
    as I am looking for something that will last with a good bit of use, as up to now I have cut the with a chisel.
    It is a bit of a pain when you have a total of 63 feet of rebates to cut.

    Matt McGrane

    Sorry, I don’t know much about the rebate planes. But you could also help out your chisel work by starting with a saw to remove most of the waste, then finish with chisels.

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    Depending on where you are for shipping costs, a #45 on ebay can be found for under a $150 US. On Amazon the Mujingfang Rosewood Adjustable Plough Plane is not bad. Or you could take a look at Paul’s video on how to make a Rebate Plane with a chisel: Rebate Plane

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    Rebate planes, both straight and skew blades are reasonnbly plentiful tools on the 2 nd hand market, whilst looking under the catogry of moulding planes, good luck Peter

    Derek Long

    I’ll put in a second suggestion for a Stanley 45. I’m a big fan, so maybe I’m biased. You can find one with a decent set of cutters for less than $200. Then you have a rebate, plow and beading plane in one.

    You might be able to save some on a “bare bones” 45 and then buy the cutters you need. There’s a good parts guy with an Ebay store, NH Plane Parts, that has just about any cutter (or other spare part) you can want so you can build up your stock as you need. You really only need a few to do the most common widths of groove (1/4″ and 3/8″, for example), and one of the wider ones to handle just about any rebate up to 1.25″.

    There are hollows and rounds for it, too, but the soles are incredibly rare and expensive and I understand they don’t work that well, anyway, so don’t bother with those parts.

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado


    I recently picked up a Record 778 on eBay for £40, very much like the 78 but with an extra fence arm and finer depth adjustment. Whilst the technique takes a little while to learn it works very well creating nice clean rebates. I’m very happy with it. Of course the 45 is much more versatile with all the plough functions but if you only need to rebate then you can save quite a bit-just make sure all the bits are included like the scoring/nicker blade, depth stop etc as buying these on their own can really inflate the overall cost.


    Thanks for all the reply’s I was looking at the 45 and I think I will spend the bit more and get a better toll that will kill a few birds with the one stone as I saw one that is a full set

    Thanks for all your help

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