known as a moving fillister, this rabbeting plane cuts quickly and quietly,
avoiding the set-up, noise and dust associated with power tools.
Like the Stanley #289 that inspired it, it is configured with a blade
skewed at a 30° angle to reduce cut resistance, aid in shaving clearance
and help pull the fence tight against the workpiece. Because the blade
sits flush with the side of the plane body, corner cuts are clean and
accurate. Tear-out on cross-grain work is reduced with a scoring spur
that sits ahead of the blade. The 7-3/8" long fence allows a maximum rabbet
width of 1-1/2" and is through-drilled to accept a wooden extension. An
adjustable shoe controls the depth of cut to a maximum 3/4" deep.
Supplied with a lapped A2 tool steel blade that is 1/8" thick and just
over 1-5/8" wide, with a bevel edge that is about 1-3/4". The depth-adjustment
mechanism is fast and accurate, with an independent traveller to prevent
lateral shifting of the blade. Set screws along the side allow repeatable
blade positioning. The large wooden handles are solid and comfortable
to hold. The 9-3/4" long ductile cast iron body is machined with a 45°
blade bed and weighs 3-1/2 lb.
The plane is available in left- and right-hand
versions. You may need only the version that suits
your dominant hand, though neither model is exclusively
for left- or right-handed users. They are in fact
complementary, since having both lets you accommodate
any grain direction. Replacement
blades are available in A2, O1 or PM-V11® steel. Patented.
A pair of 6" stainless-steel fence rods (2-1/2" longer than the rods
supplied with the plane) are available separately. They are desirable
when you need to add a thicker auxiliary fence for stable registration
against a workpiece, such as with a tapered spacer for angled cuts, but
still require use of the full cutting width of the blade. Flats on the
ends of the rods permit wrench tightening.
Made in Canada.