How to Choose, Tune, and Use Rabbet Planes with Bill Anderson

//How to Choose, Tune, and Use Rabbet Planes with Bill Anderson

In this video Bill Anderson shows what to look for when purchasing an antique rabbet plane (wooden and metal). He also shows how to tune and use rabbet planes to cut both normal and cross grain rabbets (“rebates” in the U.K).


This detailed tutorial is part of my DVD “Choosing, Refurbishing, & Using Joinery Handplanes with Bill Anderson” (buy the DVD here).


In addition to choosing, tuning, & using rabbet planes, the DVD shows how to refurbish & sharpen these rabbet planes:


For beginners: “Joinery planes” are hand planes that are used to make wood joints. Rabbet planes are specific joinery planes that cut “rabbets”: one of the most used and most fundamental joints for furniture making.


If you find this 25 minute tutorial to be helpful, then you’ll love learning how to choose, refurbish, sharpen, and use most types of joinery planes (e.g. various rabbet planes, plow planes, dado planes, router planes, moving fillister planes, combination planes, shoulder planes, etc.) on the full DVD.


Bill teaches classes at Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s School, and is an expert in traditional woodworking and hand tools. You can see Bill’s profile and beautiful furniture here.





About the Author:

Joshua loves mixing his passion for traditional hand tool woodworking with his ability to teach in a simple manner. He lives on a small farm in Earlysville, Virginia with his wife and four children, and builds furniture in his workshop / woodworking school.

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Jeff Polaski
Jeff Polaski

Well, I watched the video on rabbeting. I have a few of the planes, about half and half straight blade and skewed blade. No nickers. All of the skewed blades had the leading edge on the left side as you look at the front. If I were using my right hand, planing from right to left as you were in the video, the leading edge of the blade would be tucked into the corner of the rabbet. A quick look through rabbeting planes in eBay showed all of the skewed planes slanted the same way? Why? Not everyone is right… Read more »

Steve Schmidt
Steve Schmidt

Love Bill Andersons presentation and explanations that build confidence that I can do it too.

If I win, I would prefer the Howarth Saw video. If not that, the brown t-shirt with blue wood and shop logo.


Hello from Romania! Thanks for sharing a lot of free information about traditional woodworking! I am writing this comment not only because i want to take part in the competition, but also to let you know that your videos are apreciated. The video that i would like to win is “Building the Historic Howarth bow saw”.

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