I found a reproduction rabbetting plane on Ebay.  Today I brought it into the office since some others had expressed an interest in it.  The reactions were interesting; most of them were beside the point and misguided.  Some examples:

“That’s a nice piece of wood.”  It wasn’t – it was a chunk of 2X4 that I had planed one side of in order to demo the plane.  Just goes to show you – clean up a piece of wood – no matter how cheap – and people will be fooled into thinking it’s high quality.

“You need to use a router.”  I hate this one.  When demonstrating a hand tool, the goal is typically not to put a profile on a long piece of wood quickly.  I do have a router; probably a nicer one than anybody who makes that comment.

Interesting but annoying.

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