Veritas Block Plane - Apron

veritas apron block plane
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Veritas Apron Plane Review By: I.Ball

Category: Block Planes

Manufacturer: Veritas

Plane Type: Block

Model No: Apron

The Veritas apron block plane is a 5 1/2 inch long, adjustable, low angle block plane.

The plane is constructed from stress-relieved ductile cast iron with brass parts. The plane has the distinctive Veritas look which includes a cool looking contrasting grey and black wavy pattern.

Another part of the Veritas design includes various functional curves and indents to offer the user extra comfort and control. These indents and curves include a finger/thumb press at the front of the plane, and a comfortable curvaceous lever cap which fits snuggly in the users palm.

veritas small block plane

The 45mm (1 3/4 inch) wide plane is equipped with a ductile cast iron lever cap and is fitted with a 32mm (1 1/4 inch) wide plane blade.

The Veritas apronk plane is equipped with a choice of three plane blade types:

- O1 (hardened to Rockwell 58-60)
- A2 (hardened to Rockwell 60-62)
- PMV-11

There is also the option of an A2 toothed blade. The toothed blade has a serrated cutting edge.

The plane blade should be positioned with the bevel facing upwards as typical for block planes.

The plane has a blade bed angle of 12 degrees. The standard plane cutter is set with a cutting edge bevel of 25 degrees resulting in an overall cutting angle of 37 degrees.

The blade is secured in place by securing the lever cap with the use of the securing wheel. The securing wheel is the large brass wheel located underneath the top portion of the lever cap.

veritas apron plane

The plane is fitted with a dual function blade adjuster:

(i) The adjuster allows the user to accurately set the depth at which the blade is set. These depth of cut fine adjustments are carried out by turning the brass wheel nut at the very rear of the plane.

(ii) The adjuster can also be used to laterally (sideways) adjust the blade. The lateral adjustments are easily made by sliding, sideways, the brass wheel nut at the very rear of the plane.

The Apron plane is supplied in a white Veritas cardboard box with a photo of the plane printed on the outside. Inside the box is a Veritas Apron plane instructions leaflet.

The Veritas apron block plane has a lot of similarities of earlier block planes produced by the likes of Stanley and Record. The Veritas apron plane combines core design elements from a couple of different earlier block planes, in particular the Stanley 102 block plane and the Record 0102 block plane.

The patented Veritas apron block plane is produced by the Canadian company Veritas Tools Inc.


Plane Construction

veritas apron plane blade parts

stress-relieved ductile cast iron

Lever cap:
durable ductile cast iron

Blade adjuster wheel/nut:

Blade securing wheel:


Plane finish:

Construction Origin:

Plane Markings

"Veritas": found towards the front of the plane between the finger pad and the plane mouth.

"Canada": found in the center of the plane behind the plane mouth.


Plane Dimensions

140mm (5 1/2 inch)

45mm (1 3/4 inch)

0.40kg (14 oz)

Veritas Apron Plane Blade / Cutter

Width: 32mm (1 1/4 inch)

Blade Thickness: 3mm (1/8 inch)

Steel: O1 (hardened to Rc 58-60), A2 (hardened to Rc 60-62), PMV-11

Bevel Angle: 25 degrees

Blade Markings: Veritas Canada (and the type of steel e.g. O1)


Manufactured Dates

...2010 - current day


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