View Full Version : Anant rabbet plane

mike hanyi
03-20-2007, 10:01 AM
Is it just me or has any other had problems setting this plane up, I have been borrowing my friends stanley #90 and it is smooth but my anant even with a fresh edge has chatter. I believe it has something to do with the thickness of the blade. I could try to retemper the thing as a final attempt before selling it off.

be nice if some firm sold a thicker replacement blade


03-20-2007, 11:09 AM
Have you looked at Hock Tools?

03-20-2007, 11:28 AM
Some recently here mentioned that they thought that the Anant blades are bad...very soft.

Ray Frechette Jr
03-20-2007, 10:02 PM
I have two of them, recent purchases too.

No problems with them. edge holds as much as I would expect and works smooth as I would expect.

Doesn't hold in the hand nearly as nicely as I would like though feels rather awkward actually.

Someday I will get nicer, but they do the job.

Bob Smalser
03-20-2007, 10:19 PM
Is it just me or has any other had problems setting this plane up....


This the plane?

If it's chattering, that top lever holding the iron down on the frog or lower plane body may not be sufficiently tight. Looking at all the support the top of the iron has with that top lever, a thicker iron doesn't look like it will help any. Make sure the back of the iron is flat and use layout blue or soot to make sure both sides of the iron are in full contact with the plane and there are no high spots allowing the iron to wobble around.


The other issue with these is the vendor calling them rabbet planes in the first place. They aren't. The bevel-up models like your Record clone and the Stanley 93 at the bottom of the picture above are shoulder planes designed to trim a sawn rabbet or tenon shoulder to fit, not to hog out a rabbet from scratch like the two bevel-down beech rabbets shown above the #93 or the bevel-down Miller Falls #80 rabbet plane shown below. Shoulder planes were designed for light trimming....the low angle of attack the bevel-up iron provides is for clean cutting across the grain of tenon shoulders....and even the best of them will chatter when set to cut as deep as a bevel-down rabbet plane.


Bill Mercer
03-21-2007, 12:18 AM
Well, I bought one of these a couple weeks ago, and it's worked out fine for me. The bottom of the blade was ground flat, I was able to get a nice shaving-sharp edge on it, and using it on spruce and fir for a paddle it's held that edge just fine. I used it to round the paddle loom and work into the corners where the loom meets the blade, and it did nicely. Also did a good job cleaning up the shoulders for the tenons that hold the blade tips on (I glued douglas fir tips on the paddle with the grain running across the blades). The only complaint I have is that the cap iron (?)/handle thingy doesn't lie flat on the blade, but I'm sure a few minutes with a file will fix that, when I get around to it.

So, the thing works fine for me. Of course, this doesn't mean it would hold up to working on the rabbet on an oak stem. But if you need to get a job done on some softwood, it'll do.

03-21-2007, 11:30 AM

Nice web aite, Ray. :) I enjoy your wit:

"So Great Falls Boat Works is an apt name, and in fact sounds better than LandLocked Boat Works would."

03-21-2007, 11:31 AM
I have had one for about two years. At first it worked fine, but after some use I had problems with chatter also. I found that the threads in the lever holding the iron down were very sloppy. Either a bad tap or bad casting spot. If I'm not real careful when I tighten the screw down it will slip off center and not tighten the lever properly. Repairing the threads, probably with a KEEN-SERT, is on the to do list.

Keith Wilson
03-21-2007, 12:15 PM
FWIW, Stanley 78s and various clones are very common on eBay, and are quite inexpensive if you just want a plane to use. If you're really going to use one as a rabbet plane make sure it still has the fence and depth stop. Look here: http://tinyurl.com/3cnl8y