Stanley Rabbet And Fillister Plane - No. 278

stanley 278 plane
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Stanley 278 Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Stanley

Plane Type: Fillister Rebate / Rabbet

Model No: 278


The Stanley rabbet and fillister plane number 278 is a quirky looking plane which is different in appearance to nearly every Stanley plane other than a few slight appearance similarities at a glance to the Stanley 238 weather strip plow plane.

The Stanley 278 plane was sold as standard with an adjustable depth stop, an adjustable fence and 2 spurs.

The original fence spanned almost the full length of the plane and had the arm slot in a central position of the fence. These planes sometimes are found with a replacement Stanley 78 fence fitted.

stanley 278 plane

This Stanley rebate plane has a 25mm (1 inch) cutter which spans the full width of the plane.

The plane can be used by laying flat on either side.

The Stanley 278 has the hidden feature of a having a detachable front piece to allow the plane to perform bullnose work.

The side of the plane bears the markings 'Stanley No 278'. The cutter can be marked with the pattern 'PAT 10-17-16'.

Plane Construction

stanley plane 278

high grade cast iron

Lever cap:
high grade cast iron

Cap iron:
best quality steel

best steel

Plane finish:
black and polished parts

Plane Dimensions

6 3/4 inch

Manufactured Dates

<1916? - 1934>

stanley 278 plane
stanley 278 plane
stanley 278 plane
stanley 278 plane


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