Stanley #93 Cabinet Makers Rabbet Plane
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.