VERITAS Skew Rabbet Planes
Also known as a moving fillister, this rabbeting plane cuts quickly and quietly, avoiding the set-up, noise and dust associated with power tools.
Like the Stanley no. 289 that inspired it, it is configured with a blade skewed at a 30° angle
to reduce cut resistance, aid in shaving clearance, and help pull the fence tight against the workpiece. Because the blade sits flush with the side of the plane body, corner cuts are clean and accurate.
Adjustable in two axes (vertical and horizontal) for depth and projection, the scoring spur
sits ahead of the blade and is used to reduce tear-out on cross-grain work. The spur can be recessed for work with the grain.
The 7-3/8 inch (187 mm) long fence is through-drilled to accept a wooden extension. Double guide rods and a special collet locking system prevent the fence from racking, and the large brass knobs allow fast and easy adjustments without tools. The fence can be positioned to allow a maximum rabbet width of 1-1/2 inch (38 mm)
The adjustable shoe controls the depth of cut to a maximum 3/4 inch (19 mm) deep (or you can remove the shoe for no depth limitation), and has relieved edges to avoid marking your work.
Supplied with a lapped blade that is 1/8 inch (3.2 mm) thick and just over 1-5/8 inch (41 mm) wide. The depth-adjustment mechanism is fast and accurate, with an independent traveller to prevent lateral shifting of the blade. Set screws along the side allow repeatable blade positioning.
The large wooden handles are solid and comfortable to hold. The 9-3/4 inch (248 mm) long ductile cast iron body is machined with a 45° blade bed and weighs 3-1/2 lb. (1600 g)
The plane is available in left- and right-hand versions
. You may need only the version that suits your dominant hand, though neither model is exclusively for left- or right-handed users. They are in fact complementary since having both lets you accommodate any grain direction.