Stanley #93 Cabinet Makers Rabbet Plane

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Stanley #93 Cabinet Makers Rabbet Plane (Type 1, 1902 to 1907)5
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1909 Catalog Image of Stanley No 93 Cabinet Makers Rabbet Plane2
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Stanley No 93 Type 1 Blade Showing Traut's 3/13/190 Patent Date Marking5 Stan93Type1AdjustKnobMark.JPG (12603 bytes)
Stanley No 93 Type 1 Trademark on Adjustment Knob5
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Stanley No 93 Type 1 Nose Detail Showing Two Part Construction With Seperate Bottom Piece 5              
Features1: Adjustable Throat
Manufactured1: 1902 to 1964
Patents1: Traut's 3/13/1900 (endwise screw cutter adjustment)
Dimensions1: 6-1/2 inches long
Cutter1: 1 inch wide
Construction1: Cast Iron
Finish1: Nickel plated
User Info1: An extremely accurate adjustable throat rabbet plane used by cabinetmakers for fine, close tolerance work either vertically or on its right or left side. The top front portion of the plane can be moved back and forth to control thickness of the shaving. Another standard tool in a fine workshop.
Average Price1: $100 to $200
Type 11: $150 to $300 (1902 to 1907)
Current English Production Prices:
Garret-Wade8 : $94.95 (Blade $10.95)
Woodcraft9: $84.99 (Blade $10.99)
Note1: A steel disc was inserted onto the front of the plane. This disc covers the hole for the sand core that made the front portion of the plane hollow. On most types, the trademark will be stamped on this disc which can be used to determine vintage. Type 1 does not have the disc. The bottom of the plane is a seperate piece pinned to the sides which allowed casting the front portion of the plane with a hollow cavity to reduce weight. Always check the cutter on the later types to avoid buying an English model. English models made after 1980 are not hollow and do not have the disc.



Tuning6: 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"

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Disc on Nose Piece with Later Notched  Trademark7


1. Walter, John . "Antique & Collectable Stanley Tools, Guide to Identity and Value",   2nd Edition, 1996
2. Wood, Jack P.  "Early 20th Century Stanley Tools, Price Guide". Contains reprints of the 1909 and 1926 Stanley Works Tool Catalogs.
3. Smith, Roger K., Reprint of Stanley Catalog No 120 orginally issued in 1923, "Carpenters' and Mechanics Tools", The Stanley Rule and & Level Plant, The Stanley Works, New Britain, Conn., U.S.A.
4. Lee, Leonard, "The Complete Guide to Sharpening",Taunton Press, Inc.,1995
5. Stanley No 93 Type 1,  Tool Collection of Gordon Muster . Very Fine Condition. Nickel is 90%.  Purchased March 2001 on Ebay for $120.
6. Hack, Garret, "Rabbet Planes Are Real Shop Workhorses", Fine Woodworking, Jan/Feb 1998.
7. Example found on Ebay
8. The Garret-Wade Tool Catalog, Number 7, Volume #26, November 1999
9. Woodcraft Catalog, September 2000 Catalog