DID YOU KNOW…

The descriptive terminology used by planemaker’s and collectors can be somewhat confusing to the beginner. For example there was never any real standardization of the various parts of a plane as such, but the names tended to follow the same general pattern.


Stanley No. 79 Side Rabbet Plane


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Manufactured: 1926 to 1969
Length: 5-1/2 inches
Blade Width: 1/2 inch
Construction: Cast iron
Finish: Nickel plated
Features: Right and left cutters
Uses: trimming the edge of a board, dado or groove
Average Dealer Price: $45 to $75
Average eBay Price: $50 to $85
Early Types: $75 to $150

Other Notes: Earlier types have a semi-circular cutout in the top edge of the casting, where later types are straight across with a hole in the middle. The later types also have an adjustable depth stop/fence. Some planes have been seen with a japanned finish


Updated: 29th July, 2006

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Vintage Stanley No 79 Side Rabbet Plane
Vintage Stanley No 79 Side Rabbet Plane $78.00
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Iron Cutter Stanley No 79 Side Rabbet Plane BB Trademark Left H016
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Forward Bull Nose Part Stanley No 79 Right Stanley No 98 Side Rabbet Plane
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Stanley No 98 Lever Cap Stanley No 79 Side Rabbet Plane Right Lever Cap H608
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Stanley No 79 Main Section Plane Base Made in USA Part H969A
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Early Stanley No 79 Side Rabbet Plane Before Fence
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Sources: While many of the dealers prices for Stanley planes are largely set by John Walters’ book “Antique & Collectible Stanley Tools” it appears that eBay, while acknowledging the Walters guide somewhat, tends to march to it’s own beat and sets its own prices. For that reason - and the fact that eBay’s reach and customer base is huge - I’ve decided to include a separate eBay average price here. Other sources include: “The Antique Tool Collector’s Guide To Value” by Ronald S. Barlow, “Antique & Collectible Stanley Tools” by John Walter, “The Stanley Plane” by Alvin Sellens, “Patrick’s Blood & Gore” by Patrick Leach, various auctions and sales of collectable tools and my own compilations of prices realized, observations and notes over the past 20+ years.