Stanley Side Rebate Plane - No. 98-99

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Stanley 98-99 Planes Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Stanley

Plane Type: Side Rabbet / Side Rebate

Model No: 98-99


The Stanley 98 and 99 side rebate planes, also referred to as the Stanley 98 and 99 side rabbet planes are a left hand and right hand plane made from cast iron, each with a rosewood knob, and a best steel cutter.

These specialist planes are designed to assist cabinet makers in accurately trimming dados, grooves, moulds and similar tasks. These tools are 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.

It may be the case that a glass shelf or polished shelf is too thick to fit in the corresponding grooves, rather than adjusting / changing the shelves, it is much easier to alter the grooves, for this task the Stanley 98 and 99's are ideal.

stanley 98-99 side rebate plane

These specialist planes each have a skewed cutter set at a very low angle of 8 degrees.

The noses on the 98 and 99's can be reversed to create a bullnose type plane or the noses can be removed to create a chisel type plane allowing trimming right into a corner of a piece of work such as on a stop groove.

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 with the bevels set to a 25 degree angle.

When sharpening, it is only really the forward cutting edge bevel which needs sharpening.

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 98-99 side rebate plane

Each plane blade is secured with a clamp. The clamp is secured / removed by turning the thumb screws located on top of the clamp.

The Stanley 98 and 99 planes are each fitted with a Rosewood knob, offering the user a good means of gripping and controlling the plane to help ensure good results.

Depending on the age, some Stanley 98 and 99 planes are each equipped with a depth stop and some aren't. The earlier 98 and 99's weren't equipped with depth stops.

The depth stop fixes to the rear of the plane. The depth stop is secured in the required position with the use of a wing nut or a knurled nut. When required, the depth stop allows the user to set the depth at which the plane should operate as well as acting a stabiliser when planing.

The 98 and 99 rebate planes 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.

Do Lie Nielsen make 98 and 99 planes?

Yes (at the time of writing this), the Lie Nielsen 98 and 99 side rabbet planes are based upon the popular Stanley 98 and 99 rabbet plane designs but with the Lie Nielsen design stamp.

Plane Construction

stanley 98-99 side rebate plane

cast iron

best steel


Plane finish:
nickel plate

Plane Markings

"No 98" or "No 99" - found on the front face of the corresponding plane.

"Stanley" - found on the rear face.

Manufactured Dates

1898 - 1934>

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