Can't wait to get this back into working condition -pjw. I think the Record 78 equivalent has two!!! Anyone know how to remove the blade and chipbreaker from a Japanese Wood Planer 1 reply. Serendipity prevailed in my case as the depth stop, depth stop thumbscrew, and nicker assembly were still in place - stanley 78 plane dating something one would expect.
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The Stanley 78 duplex filletster and rabbet planefirst produced the year my maternal grandfather was born -was one of the unheralded workhorses of the Stanley line and is one hand tool from which they earned a fortune. That every workman had one in his tool chest was testimony to the versatility of this plane as is the fact that it is still in production today. Used 78's are easily found, but usually not complete. The story of how one antique rabbet plane found its way into my shop adds interest to what I am sure is an already fascinating provenance. Stanley 78 plane dating had been wearing out my Reclaiming Flea Market Planes by Ernie Conover video and was in the market for a dud on which to practice Ernie's sage advice.
A very good general purpose rebate plane, sold in large numbers and still popular. Easy to find plane, users seem to prefer the later, English models. Make sure you buy one with the depth stop and the fence, those parts are worth as much as the plane. Clearly, this one is earlier. Like all the other aluminium planes, the A78 had a relatively short production period that just about covered the SW area.
I recently purchased an old Stanley no. First, the plane came without the fence or depth stop. Second, the japanning is in rough shape. I was thinking of soaking the plane in paint thinner for a few days to soften what is left and scrape it all off.