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  Stanley 386 "Cheater" Fence 2 of 2  

This photo shows the wooden fence installed on a Sargent plane that is in near new condition.

I used a precision machinist's square to set the fence exactly 90 degrees to the plane sole.

I grabbed a piece of white oak and jointed the edge for a trial run. It was a perfect 90 degrees.

I have used this old Stanley 5 1/2 plane with a cheater fence on it for at least 45 years. It has not been removed in all those years.

There are lots of kinds of cheater fences. The one in the middle was made to screw to the side of wooden jointer planes. It is marked, "I. Blissenbach". Note that unlike the Stanley 386, none of these fences was made with screw holes for mounting a wooden face.

James E. Price
March, 2017

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