Stanley Side Rebate Plane - No. 79

stanley side rebate plane 79
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Stanley 79 Review By: I.Ball


Manufacturer: Stanley

Plane Type: Side Rebate

Model No: 79

The Stanley 79 is 5 1/2" long side rebate plane, also referred to as the Stanley 79 side rabbet plane.

This specialist plane is designed to assist cabinet makers in accurately trimming dados, grooves, moulds and similar tasks. The tool is particularly useful when precision fitting is required such as when a dado or groove needs to be widened very slightly in order to precisely house a corresponding part.

This specialist plane has two skewed cutters set at a very low angle. The cutters are set in the plane with their bevel edges facing upwards. The cutters must be kept very sharp to ensure the best results.

When sharpening, it is only the forward cutting edge bevel which needs sharpening (not the sides). It is important the tip of the blade doesn’t protrude beyond the skate, if it does protrude, it will need filing back. Care must also be taken when sharpening the blades to ensure the cutting edge of each blade mirrors the plane mouth(s) profile.



stanley 79 side rabbet plane

Each blade is secured in place with a small blade clamp. The clamps are locked in position using either the thumbscrews or the flathead screwdriver nuts (depending on the age of the plane).

The majority of Stanley 79 planes have a fence (depth stop) located on the rear of the plane. The fence is secured in the required position with the user of a screw nut at each end of the rear of the plane.

When required, this fence allows the user to set the depth at which the plane should operate and acts as a stabiliser to ensure a more accurate cut while planing. If the 79 doesn’t have a fence it could mean it is an early Stanley 79 or if the screw holes are present it will mean the fence has been lost.

The Stanley 79 side rebate plane also has a reversible nose to allow close corner work.

The Stanley 79 rebate plane and its parts were finished with a nickel plating. This finish was designed to give the plane a bright, shiny look while having the function of helping protect the plane from rust. The nickel plating can be prone to coming off with time, usually it is small partial loss.

The Stanley 79 was sold in the most part in an orange Stanley cardboard box which has a label on the end of the box detailing the planes core information. The more modern Stanley 79 planes were supplied in a grey / straw coloured cardboard box with a yellow label.

A modern version of the Stanley 79 plane has been produced in the form of the Veritas side rabbet plane.

1.

Plane Construction

old stanley 79 side rabbet plane

Body:
cast iron

Blades (x2):
best steel

Plane finish:
nickel plate


early stanley 79 side rabbet plane

Date:
<1934 - 1949>

early stanley 79 side rabbet plane
old stanley 79 side rabbet plane
2.

Plane Construction

stanley 79 side rabbet plane

Body:
cast iron

Blades (x2):
best steel

Plane finish:
nickel plate


3.

Plane Construction

stanley 79 plane

Body:
cast iron

Blades (x2):
best steel

Plane finish:
nickel plate


stanley 79 side rabbet plane
4.

Plane Construction

new stanley 79 side rabbet plane

Body:
cast iron

Blades (x2):
best steel

Plane finish:
nickel plate


5.

Plane Dimensions

Length:
5 1/2 inch

6.

Manufactured Dates

<1934 - 1994>

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