Reviewed By: I.Ball
Category: Old Fillister Planes
Plane Type: Fillister Rebate / Rabbet
Model No: 78
The Stanley 78 plane is an affordable plane that performs its task well, the fence could be more secure though overall a very good plane for its price. the old Record no. 778 which in my opinion is a more stable plane with its two arm fence; a good 778 comes at a slightly higher price.
The Stanley no. 78 has been an extremely popular model of plane from
the Stanley range of tools for over 100 years now. The plane has been
an essential part of carpenters, joiners and cabinet makers toolkit.
The plane is still in manufacture today by Stanley.
The plane is designed for adding rebates to wood and is often used by woodworkers in windows, door frames and various joints.
The plane has a single cutter with two separate blade beds; one at the
front end of the plane for bullnose work and the other in the middle
for more regular work. The middle bed has a lever adjuster for changing
the depth of cut.
The plane also comes with a detachable single arm side fence allowing the plane to be guided along a piece of wood to give a straight cut. The fence can be positioned either side of the plane.
The Stanley 78 has a single spur to score the piece of wood you are planing making the plane easier and more efficient to use. The 78 also has a depth stop to allow the user to plane to a depth set by the user.
The Stanley 78 has over the years through its history been made in USA and made in England as such you see 78's with markings such as 'Made In USA' and 'Made In England'.
The Stanley 78 plane is used for adding rebates to windows, door frames, various joints, for fitting backs into carcases, cupboards...
Length Of Sole: mm (8 1/2 inch)
Mouth Width: 38mm (1 1/2 inch)
Lever cap: cast iron
Plane finish: black
Stanley 78 Plane Blade / Cutter
Blade: tungsten steel
Width: 38mm (1 1/2 inch)
1888 - Today
Very early models have a fish scale pattern on the handle. The early Stanley 78 planes also had a slightly different shaped handle to later versions; the most obvious observation is there is a protruding extension at the bottom of the handle extending towards the user which mirrors the top protruding extension.
Stanley 78 Plane
Stanley 78 Rabbet Plane
Stanley 78 Rebate Plane
Stanley 78 Fillister Rabbet Plane
Stanley 78 Fillister Rebate Plane
Stanley 78 Fillister Rebating Plane
Stanley 78 Duplex, Fillister and Rabbet Plane
When buying a secondhand Stanley 78 plane make sure the plane is complete with all
its parts as often parts like the depth stop or side fence are missing.
Check there is still life left in the blade, making sure there is not lots of heavy pitting to the useable face section of the blade; blades are still readily available today either new or secondhand.
Look for any damage to the very front section of the plane as these sometimes get chipped or broken off and re-welded.
It is always well worth the effort checking that all parts move freely.
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