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    The Little Plane that Called My Name

    LOML told me to stop by a little antiques place near us and look at their old tools, so I went just now and this little plane called my name. I added a couple of things to the photo just to give a sense of scale.

    For $10 I liked it enough to hang it on the wall if I can't restore it to working condition.

    So you can see it needs work...the bottom (sole) isn't flat and the front vertical piece is splintered. Most importantly what kind of plane is it that cuts on 2 sides?

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    I am not an expert on hand tools but my guess is a "Rabbet plane".

    Congrats and have fun restoring it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammad Madha View Post
    I am not an expert on hand tools but my guess is a "Rabbet plane".

    Congrats and have fun restoring it.
    i would say your right cant say as i have seen one like it before outa wood..
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    Mo and Larry say a rabbet plane. And Curly here is going to agree with them. Looks like a nice one, with a skewed blade. It might be a dado plane, hard to see the details. Is the knicker intact or missing? If it is present and has 1 spur, then rabbet, if it has 2 spurs, then dado. If missing, dunno.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ken werner View Post
    Mo and Larry say a rabbet plane. And Curly here is going to agree with them. Looks like a nice one, with a skewed blade. It might be a dado plane, hard to see the details. Is the knicker intact or missing? If it is present and has 1 spur, then rabbet, if it has 2 spurs, then dado. If missing, dunno.
    Okay, I give up. What's a knicker and what's a spur? I looked around on the net, but couldn't find a definition.

    It looks like the plane shown here: scroll down to skewed fillister rabbet plane. But the vertical opening in front has the wooden piece but no blade. Should there be a blade there?
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    I have no idea what kind it is but it sure was a nice fun find
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    Knicker is a sharpened piece, held vertically to score ahead of the plane blade, so there is less or no tear out, especially going cross grain.

    I'm referring to the spur as the very tip of the knicker. Dado planes have two sharp points to score the dado, rabbets just the one on the inside of the rabbet.

    I made a knicker on my dovetail plane, shown here:
    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ad.php?t=13847

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken werner View Post
    Mo and Larry say a rabbet plane. And Curly here .
    thats pretty funny

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    I'm not an expert but to me is a sash plane. It is used to make rabbets and it is missing the spur as someone already mentioned. You can make a new spur easily.
    The brass part is to control the depth of the rabbet you want to achieve.
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