Veritas Apron Plane Review By: I.Ball
Category: Block Planes
Plane Type: Block
Model No: Apron
The Veritas apron block plane is a 5 1/2 inch long, adjustable, low angle
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.
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)
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.
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.
This Veritas Plane is usually supplied in a Veritas cardboard box.
* Important: please refer to the 'disclaimer' at the foot of this review.
* Wearing safety clothing and eye protection is usually a good idea to help protect against injury.
- The blade(s)/cutter(s) is very sharp, take suitable precautions when using/handling/storing
the plane/cutter(s) to prevent injury.
- Failure to loosen parts when making adjustments to the plane can result in damage to the plane such as cross-threading screw threads. Never force a part to move.
- Overtightening parts can cause damage to the plane and the plane threads.
stress-relieved ductile cast iron
durable ductile cast iron
Blade adjuster wheel/nut:
Blade securing wheel:
"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.
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)
<2006 - Today
- Veritas Tools Inc.
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