Veritas Block Plane Review By: I.Ball
Category: Block Planes
Plane Type: Block
Model No: Low Angle 1
The Veritas low angle block plane is a 6 3/8 inch long block plane from
the extensive Veritas range.
The Veritas low angle block plane is one of the most popular of the block planes. It is made to a similar specification as the Veritas standard block plane with the main difference being the angle at which the blade bed is set.
The low angle block plane has a shallow 12 degree blade bed angle hence the name low angled block plane.
The bevel angle at the cutting edge of the plane blade is honed to a 25 degree angle.
The combination of the 12 degree bed and the 25 degree bevel gives a 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.
There are two set screws, one set either side of the plane walls which are present to prevent the blade from shifting, as a result maximising the lateral adjustment.
The Veritas low angle block plane has an adjustable mouth. The mouth
size can be adjusted by moving the mouth plate forwards and
backwards to the desired position; the mouth plate forms part of the
sole and is located at the front of the plane.
The mouth plate is moved by firstly loosening the brass knob and then moving the knob in the required direction; the knob and the mouth plate are interlinked so sliding the knob slides the mouth plate.
Once the mouth plate is in position it can be locked in place by turning the brass front knob until tight. The plane is designed to not allow the mouth plate to move back as far as the sharp blade so no accidental damage can occur. Generally a fine mouth is desired as this helps prevent tear-out of the piece of wood being worked.
The body has an accurately machined sole and sides set at 90 degrees.
The outer edge of either side of the plane walls have a series of three circular finger grip indents. These indents offer the user extra grip as well as giving a great aesthetic look.
Observing the Veritas low angle block plane, it can be seen the core origins of the design have heavy influences from traditional iron block planes such as the Stanley block planes and the Record block planes.
Veritas have put their innovative stamp on this design. One glance and it is immediately obvious this is a plane from the Veritas range.
Interestingly Veritas haven't chosen to number this block plane.
* 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.
durable ductile cast iron
durable ductile cast iron
Blade adjuster wheel/nut:
Blade securing wheel:
6 3/8 inch
790g (1 3/4lb)
Veritas Low Angle Plane Blade / Cutter
Width: 41mm (1 5/8 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
Top Of Blade Shape: Rounded Corners
A2 Toothed Blade with 38 degree bevel
Block Plane Sack
2000 - Today
- Veritas Tools Inc.
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