Veritas Rabbet Plane archive
Friday 3 October 2008
Michael Huntley becomes a fan of this Veritas plane
This side rebate plane - I'm quite prepared to call it a rabbet plane because whatever side of the Atlantic you come from, it does its job - is part of a series of old-style hand tools that Veritas in Canada are bringing out. As is usually the case with these reworkings of older tools the modern router will do the job much faster; however, it will also wreck the job much faster if things go wrong! Being a rather slow and careful person I am very happy to remove one skim of a shaving at a time from my much-loved project until the groove is perfect.
The purpose of a side rebate plane is to widen a narrow groove by taking skims off the walls until the part to be inserted fits easily. It can be used in grooves from 3/16in wide upwards. The maximum working depth is 1/2in. The blades are O1 tool steel which gives a sharper edge and the body is ductile cast iron. This plane is based on the Preston and Record originals.