What does a shoulder plane do? The shoulder plane is used to trim the shoulders and faces of tenons. It is used when it is necessary to trim right into the concave corner where two surfaces of the same piece of wood meet perpendicularly. It is also commonly used to clean up dadoes (housings) and tenons for joinery.
What is the difference between a shoulder plane and a rabbet plane? Like a shoulder plane, a rabbet plane is set up to cut edge-to-edge. The difference is that a rabbet plane is designed specifically to cut rabbets – often having a fence, depth stop, and scoring nickers for making cuts across the grain. Another difference is that a shoulder plane has a lower cutting angle.
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What is the main use for a shoulder rebate plane? The rebate plane (British English) or rabbet plane (American English) is a hand plane designed for cutting rebates/rabbets in wood. It’s a simple tool used in many Western countries with hundreds of years of history. It was in use in England at least as early as the 11th century.