Veritas Hinge Mortice Plane

veritas hinge mortice plane
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Review By: I.Ball


Manufacturer: Veritas

Plane Type: Hinge Mortice

Model No: N/A

The Veritas mortice plane is a 10 7/8 inch long plane designed for accurately creating shallow recesses with sharp corners by hand.

The plane is particularly suited to creating mortices for butt hinges, strike plates and any similar task where a shallow mortice of up to 25mm (1 inch) is required. A good example of when this plane comes into its own is when creating door hinge recesses.

The plane is well suited to these tasks with its length being able to span the mortice and with the long open mouth giving a good sized window to the area being recessed.

This large window opening allows markings to be easily seen and accurately followed. The mortice plane also has a very good, precise depth adjuster for accurately setting the cutter to the required depth.



veritas hinge mortice plane

The Veritas mortice plane is equipped with a 3/4" (19mm) wide straight cutter.

The cutter which is supplied with the mortice plane is the same cutter which fits the Veritas router. As such any of the Veritas router cutters fit the Veritas hinge mortice plane.

These cutters include:

3/32" Straight Blade 3/16" Straight Blade 1/4" Straight Blade 1/2" Straight Blade 1/2" Pointed Blade

The cutter is placed in the plane with the stem passing upwards through the collar and with the bevel side of the cutter facing upwards. Each cutter has a notch at the top of its stem which locates with the base of the brass depth adjustment knob.

When passing the cutter through the stem, ensure the collar is released. The collar has a very useful spring loaded action to ensure the blade is held in place when the collar is released.

veritas hinge mortice plane

Once the cutter is in place, ensure the collar is secured by tightening the collar locking screw.

The plane is also equipped with a depth stop. The depth stop is located below the brass blade adjuster on the same rod. The depth stop can be adjusted and set by releasing the small depth stop screw and sliding the depth stop to the required position and then re-securing the small depth stop screw.

The cutter can be accurately adjusted by turning the brass depth adjustment knob. Each turn of the knob moves the cutter upwards or downward 1/32”.

The Veritas mortice plane is fitted with a Bubinga wooden knob at the front and rear of the plane offering the user comfort and control when using the plane as well as giving the plane a fine appearance.

The mortice plane is sold with a cutter sharpening jig. The cutter is fitted to the sharpening jig by removing the cutter portion of the blade from the cutter shaft and then attaching the cutter to the jig. The cutter can then be sharpened with ease without the awkwardness of the cutter shaft interfering.

veritas hinge mortice plane

The plane is no doubt influenced by the RumBOLD Butt Mortice plane.

The Veritas mortice plane has some very good modifications compared to the old Rumbold mortice plane.

These differences include:

- The Veritas mortice plane has a fine adjustment depth adjuster for setting the depth of cut opposed to the manual set of the Rumbold plane.
- The Veritas mortice plane uses an upright router cutter opposed to the plane cutter used in the Rumbold plane.
- The Veritas mortice plane has available a range of different sized / profiled cutters opposed to the one standard plane cutter on the Rumbold plane.

The patented Veritas mortice plane is produced by Veritas Tools Inc. of Canada.


1.

Plane Construction

veritas hinge mortice plane

Body:
stress-relieved ductile cast iron

Depth Adjuster: brass and steel


Collar Locking Nut:
brass

Depth Stop Nut:
brass

Knobs:
bubinga

Plane finish:
black



Construction Origin:
Canada


2.

Plane Dimensions

Length:
245mm (10 7/8 inch)

Width:
46mm (1 7/8 inch)

Veritas Hinge Mortice Plane Blade / Cutter

Cutter: high-carbon steel (HCS) cutter

Width: 19mm (3/4 inch) - other sizes available

3.

Plane Markings

"Veritas Canada" - found on the top face between the collar and rear knob.

"Veritas Canada" - found on the collar.

4.

Manufactured Dates

...2010 - current day

5.

Plane Also Known As

Veritas Butt Plane
Veritas Butt Mortice Plane
Veritas Butt Morticing Plane
Veritas Butt Hinge Plane
Veritas Hinge Plane
Veritas Door Hinge Plane
Veritas Recess Plane

6.

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References

- Veritas Tools Inc.

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