Hunting Rabbets

While my friends who have tooled up to cut joinery by hand have bought vintage moving fillister planes, I went modern with the Veritas version which they call the “skew rabbet plane.”

In addition to final honing, there were two things that needed setting before this plane cut nice rabbets. First was to adjust the two set-screws that hold the blade in place relative to the right side of the plane. These need to be adjusted so the leading edge of the blade is just a hair proud of the right side of the plane. Second was to adjust the scoring blade to line up with that same leading edge of the blade. That operation requires disassembling a lot of the plane – something I doubt I’ll have to do again.

cutting end-grain rabbet in white pine

Then for the fun part. To use this, you pretty much just go. If you haven’t cut a line where the rabbet shoulder will be you want to drag the plane backwards a couple times along the edge of the board so the scoring blade will define the edge. The key to this type of plane, just like with a plow plane, is that your back hand pushes forward, and your front hand holds the plane tight to the work.

Shown in the photos are two pine boards clamped together. They are the boards that will make the sides of the splash on my dry sink. (Yes, the dry sink is still asymptotically approaching doneness.)  The rabbet is 3/4″ wide, and 1/2″ deep. I made a deep cut with a marking gauge first, and didn’t have to worry about blow-out on the end (closest to the camera.)  My early impression is that I love this plane even more than the Veritas plow plane.

As smooth as a baby's bottom


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3 Responses to Hunting Rabbets

  1. jengw says:

    Hey. Why am I not on your blogroll? Sheesh.

  2. jengw says:

    Also, I need you to teach me wordpress.

  3. johnjoiner says:

    A blog must satisfy a very rigorous set of criteria to be on this blog’s blogroll. Criteria number one: Be a woodworking blog. That eliminates most of them, so yours is in good company.

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