Joined: Tue Feb 15, 11 1:33 pm Posts: 3 Location: ky
I am building a table top with breadboard ends. I plan to use a router with a straight bit and a straight edge to make the tounge to fit into the grove on the breadboard. I am considering purchasing a shoulder plane (stanley #92) or a rabbet plane (stanley #78 or #190) to fine tune the joint. This is my first time making a breadboard table top. Which plane would be best for fine tuning the joint?
Joined: Sun Oct 17, 10 10:59 pm Posts: 36 Location: Rancho Cucamonga, CA. 91730
I have an old Craftsman rabbet plane (identical to the Stanley #78) and have used it for cleaning up large & small tenons. For me the #78 would be a first purchase because it is easier to work on large or small tenons (or tongues). A small shoulder plane (narrower than the tongue or tenon) might require you to make more passes. The other benefit of the #78 is that you have 2 positions for the blade. I think a shoulder plane (Stanley #92) would also be very useful for different applications. I still need to purchase a shoulder plane. Either one would get the job done. It might be more of a personal preference.
Joined: Thu Aug 21, 08 9:06 am Posts: 724 Location: Lawrence, KS
A shoulder plane is more versatile and frequently can be found as either a low-angle plane or skewed and sometimes both. Both of these features help with cross-grain situations more so than a #78 bedded at 45 degrees with a bevel down blade.
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