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Rabbet Plane
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Title: Rabbet Plane
Identifier: X964.100.25
Donor: Unknown
Item Date: 1880-1930
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: The rebate plane (also known as the rabbet plane) is a hand plane designed for cutting rebates in wood. It's a simple tool, used in many Western countries, with hundreds of years of history. It was in use in England at least as early as the 11th century.

Rebate planes are intended for long grain cutting and are generally setup to remove large amounts of material quickly. The mouth is set quite coarsely to allow large chips to be removed.

The rebate plane commonly has a depth stop and a fence which allows the width and depth of the rebate to be gauged. They also are commonly equipped with a spur which is designed to score the wood as the rebate is cut, giving a cleaner corner. This is particularly valuable when working across the grain.

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