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Stanley 12-978 1-1/2-Inch x 10-Inch Bullnose Rabbet Plane

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  • This Bullnose Rabbet Plane is 10"(254mm) long and has a 1-1/2"(38mm) cutter width
  • One piece cast iron body and handle
  • All working surfaces are accurately machined for precise results
  • The plane has two cutter positions: the rear position for regular work and the forward position for bull-nose work
  • The rear cutter has precise depth adjustment
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Technical Details
Part Number 12-978
Item Weight2.7 pounds
Product Dimensions10.6 x 5 x 1.6 inches
OriginMexico
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Item model number12-978
Item Package Quantity1
Warranty DescriptionLimited Lifetime Warranty: Stanley warrants this product to the original purchaser for its useful life against deficiencies in material and workmanship.
  
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ASINB00009OYFU
Best Sellers Rank #16,189 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableMay 14, 2003
  
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Product Description

Product Description

For over a century, professional craftsmen have been building their best using Stanley finishing tools. Each detailed move with a Stanley finishing tool rewards furniture builders, carpenters, glaziers, painters, industrial maintenance engineers and other professionals with the detail they demand.

Cutter Width: 1.5
Length: 10"

From the Manufacturer

The Stanley 12-978 Bullnose Rabbet Plane is 10"(254mm) long and has a 1-1/2"(38mm) cutter width. One piece cast iron body and handle. All working surfaces are accurately machined for precise results. The plane has two cutter positions: the rear position for regular work and the forward position for bull-nose work. The rear cutter has precise depth adjustment. This plane is fitted with a spur for work across wood grain, a removable depth gauge, and adjustable fence that can be fitted on either side of the plane.

Customer Reviews

The knife cuts well right out of the box.
D'Artagnan
I guess the good news is that by the time I had gotten through the scratches the plane was pretty flat.
Shremlar
The nicker does not lie flush with the side of the body and therefore can gouge the work.
MJ

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By bmad on April 3, 2009
The machining on the bottom and sides of the Stanley 78 I received was a little rough - it looks like it was done on a coarse grit belt sander. Everything flattened out fine in the end, but only after laborious surfacing. Otherwise, the plane looks good. The back side of the blade flattened without much effort. Except for the bottom & sides as noted above, fit and finish compare well with several Record planes I bought new in the late 70's and early 80's. This plane is a model 12-978. According to Stanley, model 12-078 is the same plane, but made in USA, production of which in USA was discontinued 20 or more years ago when production was moved to England (maybe now to China - I could not find any country of origin information anywhere on the plane, the box or the included literature). The box is marked "Contractor Grade" - not sure what this means but it doesn't sound so good. The box is also marked "Duplex Rabbett Plane" - not "Bullnose Rabbet Plane" as in the Amazon description. Overall, a good plane for the price (I paid about $50, including S&H).
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By peter sgouros on January 31, 2010
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not good. when sharp, it does act as a plane, but the hole for the lever-cap/chipbreaker screw was misplaced, more with the standard station than the bullnose station. the lever cap cannot be removed without actually removing the screw, and because of the screw's poor location the cap cannot be tightened parallel with the cutting edge of the iron. the depth adjustment it too easy, and the iron will pop itself off the surface when using it on a harder wood. further, the depth adjustment range is smaller than the individual notches in the iron anyway, which largely means that at one setting, the iron cannot be retracted enough, and at the next setting down, the iron cannot be extended enough. a few sharpenings should sort this out, but that is an issue when the depth adjustment is an integral part of the iron and the adjustment is not large enough.

the groove for the nicker is not deep enough for the nicker to lie flush with the side of the plane, which can lead to creep. and the iron does need to be filed down to match the width of the plane. the depth adjustment flange is attached directly over the nicker, which can be a problem if you decide to change the nicker's position.

with a fair amount of effort, you can fix some of the issues and the plane will "work," but some issues, (misplaced lever cap screw) are insurmountable. definitely not one of the stanley toolworks' best efforts. with better fit and finish, (and one or two design changes, (location and nature of the nicker,)) I would like this plane, it is a good size and weight for the job. I have used this with finished work, and providing you make (a lot) of allowances for its limitations, you can do good work with it. but its probably worth spending the extra money for a better plane.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Curtis on October 4, 2007
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Does not work as smoothly as the pre WWII models, but is satisfactory for occasional work. The older ones are hard to find with guide and depth gauge, so this is a good value in that respect.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Hilliker on December 4, 2005
I have used these planes from the older 1800's style to present day types. The length of base and width of shoulder make these the most affordable quality planes on the market with tons of control. I own and operate a {1700's and up} restoration and remodeling business and rely on tools like this every day.If you should buy one, invest in a sharpening set up(vertias).this tool is only as good as the condition of the blade.

Hilliker Home +Design
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Deichler on December 31, 2007
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The plane was so poorly packaged it arrived with a broken body. The second one arrived a few weeks later and I must say the quality leaves a lot to be desired. I spent hours of labor to flatten the sole and as suspected also had to hone the blade. This is probably the lowest quality plane I own of the 12 in my shop. Spend more money and buy a better plane.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Bruce White on August 24, 2013
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I am pleased with this plane. After lapping and honing, it did a good job cutting both long grain and cross grain rabbets.

Out of the box, the machining of the iron, sole, sides, depth stop, and fence was rather coarse. The scratches looked like 40 grit or so. The sole was dished front to back and side to side. Lapping on a belt sander at 120 grit flattened the front to back curve, but left a cup from side to side around the mouth. The cup profile showed a parabolic outline convex on the fence/depth stop side of the sole. Since most of the work will be done on that side of the sole, I did not lap out the entire cup, but got the first 5/8" flat which will cover most of the rabbets I need (for now.)

The depth stop was so rough out of the box that it actually marred the surface of the test workpiece. Lapping it to 120 grit fixed that easily. I did not see any marring from the fence, but since it was as rough as the sole and depth stop, I lapped it smooth as well.

The iron has a precise, but coarsely ground 25 degree bevel, but the back was not very flat. On the bright side, the back was dished in the center so honing it to get a 3/16" flat behind the edge gave the polished edge the profile of a Japanese chisel -- polished on 3 edges, machining marks in the center.

Honing the 30 degree secondary bevel proved a challenge. The shape of the iron, with the tang narrow and offset, did not fit well in my Eclipse style honing guide. I managed to grip the iron in the chisel slot, but the curve where the tang met the main blade prevented setting the iron with enough extension to hone at 30 degrees. I had to settle for something like a 27 degree secondary.

When the iron was sharp and the sole lapped, I tested on a scrap pine board.
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