Stanley No. 90 Bull Nose Rabbet Plane

 StanNo90BullNose.JPG (71525 bytes) Stanley No. 90 Bull Nose Rabbet Plane (Type 1)4
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1923 Catalog Image of  No 90 Bull Nose Rabbet Plane2
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Truat's 8/31/1897 & 3/31/1900 Patent Dates on Type 1 Style Cutter4
Features1: Adjustable Throat
Manufactured1: 1898 to 1969
Patents1: Justus Traut's 8/31/1897 ("Hand-y" feature)
               Justus Traut's 3/13/1900 (endwise screw cutter adjustment)
Dimensions1: 4 inches long
Cutter1: 1 inch
Construction1: Cast iron
Finish1: Nickel plated
User Info1: Adjustable throat bull nose rabbet plane capable of extreme accuracy. It can also be used on its side. The top front portion can be moved back and forth to control thickness of shaving. Also, the top front portion can be completely removed for bull-nose work. A standard tool in many cabinetmaker's shops.
Average Price1: $50 to $125
Current English Production Prices:
Garret-Wade6 : $69.95 (Blade $10.25)
Woodcraft7: $69.99 (Blade $10.99)
Notes1: Type 1 has Traut's 8/31/1897 and 3/13/1900 patents on the cutter. No model number in the casting. later types have the model number. Specific dating can be ascertained by checking the trademark on the cutter. Currently manufactured by Stanley in England (marked on cutter)



Tuning5: Garret Hack notes that "The key to tuning any rabbet plane is aligning the iron both with the sole and with the side (or sides) of the plane. The object is to have the cutting edge parallel with the sole and parallel with, and just barely peeking out, on the side.This is one of those things that is easier said than done, and will take some experimenting.
     Once the iron is aligned with the side, check that it's parallel with the sole. The only way to remedy any large misalignment is by grinding and rehoning the edge. With the iron properly ground and honed, careful honing in the future should keep everything in alignment"



1. Walter, John . "Antique & Collectable Stanley Tools, Guide to Identity and Value",   2nd Edition, 1996
2. Smith, Roger K., Reprint of Stanley Catalog No 120 originally issued in 1923, "Carpenters' and Mechanics Tools", The Stanley Rule and & Level Plant, The Stanley Works, New Britain, Conn., U.S.A.
3. Lee, Leonard, "The Complete Guide to Sharpening", Taunton Press, Inc.,1995
4. Stanley No 90 Type 1,  Tool Collection of Gordon Muster . Very Fine Condition. Nickel is 70%.  Purchased March 2001 on EBay for $46.55.
5. Hack, Garret, "Rabbet Planes Are Real Shop Workhorses", Fine Woodworking, Jan/Feb 1998.
6. The Garret-Wade Tool Catalog, Number 7, Volume #26, November 1999
7. Woodcraft Catalog, September 2000 Catalog