Rabbet Plane, No. 92

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  1. Average Joe says:
    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Not a “Fine woodworking” tool, April 4, 2010
    Average Joe (SouthEast USA) –

    It pains me to write this review because I am a HUGE Stanley tools/plane fan. I own several vintage Stanley planes I fixed up and they work great. I decided for the $105 bucks (caught a sale from […]) I would give this “new” plane a try. I carefully researched because I didn’t want a Chinese made tool or a Mexican tool like the new “Stanley Sweetheart” line…this plane was UK made so I figured it would be a winner. The item description says “factory ground and requires honing before use”…boy they aren’t kidding, mine was so bad/rough I would have had to start from “ground zero” and go through all the sharpening steps (course to fine) along with the final “honing” after wards (to be fair, Woodcraft did offer a sharpening service for an extra $5, I declined) The absolute disappointment lies in the machine work/body alignment. When assembled and tightened with the blade iron in place and an average usable opening I put a machinist straightedge (not a ruler, I mean a $80 nice precision tool) on the bottom and sides. Try 0.008″ (almost the thickness of(2)two $1 dollar bills) clearance from the back sole to the front adjustable sole…very unacceptable for any plane/rabbiting use I can think of, I was taught that 0.001 to 0.002″ is acceptable. The sides are not true either and you can’t correct any of this without damaging the nickel plate finishing. You can literally take mine assembled and look down the sides from the bottom, it is so obviously crooked and misaligned and I can’t believe it made it from the factory into the box. My final complaint is the threads on the adjusting screw. Mine were rough to turn…would get easy then tight. The treads are not anything you can use normal taps and dies on to fix either, they are unique and reversed threads. I will be returning this plane and will be getting either a Lie Nielsen or a Veritas medium shoulder/rabbet plane…at least either of these will be usable right away even though they cost around $175.


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