Veritas NX60 Plane Review By: I.Ball
Category: Block Planes
Plane Type: Block
Model No: NX60
The Veritas NX60 block plane review includes lots of information, details
and photos of the NX60.
The Veritas NX60 plane is one of the Veritas premium range block planes; the other being the Veritas DX60 block plane.
The NX60 is an instantly recognisable eye-catching plane with a design stylishly eminating this is a 21st century plane.
The NX60 has stepped away from the traditional block plane shapes and moved to a design which resembles a futuristic sports car.
The Veritas NX60 will surely be a block plane woodworkers will be appreciating in 100 years time in a similar manner to woodworkers who enjoy the old Edward Preston planes.
The plane has a 180mm (7 inch) long body which sits slightly at the
longer end of block plane sizes; the majority of iron block planes
are either 6 inch or 7 inch.
The Veritas NX60 is a low angle block plane with a 12 degree bed; the bed angle which most low angle block planes are set at.
The low angle makes the plane better suited to working more difficult grain, especially end grain work.
The plane is also suited to general purpose work and small smoothing work.
The plane has a choice of three plane blade types:
- O1 (hardened to Rockwell 58-60)
- A2 (hardened to Rockwell 60-62)
The plane blade is 35mm (1 3/8 inch) wide with a cutting edge bevel of 25 degrees.
The blade is placed in position with the bevel facing upwards, as standard for nearly all block planes.
The combination of the 12 degree bed and the 25 degree blade bevel give
the plane an overall cutting angle of 37 degrees.
If the plane comes across some wood which it struggles with, a steeper angled bevel may be needed. Having a spare plane blade calibrated to 30 degrees may be a prudent option.
The plane body is made from nickel-resist ductile iron, a material which resists corrosion while holding the desirable properties of ductile iron; a plane which fights rust while being difficult to break.
The stress relieved material is also more stable than the commonly used grey cast iron.
The premium enhancements continue with the NX60's sides and sole being machined and surface ground to half of Veritas's normal specification of flatness, a flatness which leaves the box at between +0.000" and -0.0015" over the whole surface.
The plane also boasts sides which are larger than most block planes which helps with stability when shooting.
The Veritas NX60 is a fully adjustable block plane with an adjustable
blade and adjustable plane mouth.
The blade locates with and is controlled by a Norris plane inspired fine blade adjustment mechanism.
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 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 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 NX60 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 end of the plane.
The design is slightly different to most adjustable mouths as the Veritas
NX60 sports the unique feature of the toe being fully enclosed which
eliminates the risk of the toe moving if knocked.
The mouth plate is moved by firstly loosening the front 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 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.
If you wish to lock-in the plane mouth so it is remembered, there is a set screw located behind the front knob. This is particularly useful if you need to clear shavings as the mouth can quickly be opened and then put back to the same position as before.
The whole design of the Veritas NX60 has taken comfort into consideration
with the continuous never-ending curves including the curvaceous lever
cap which sits nicely in the palm.
The plane also has a front knob with a finger/thumb print depression along with finger print indentations on both sides of the plane, all of which help with control of the plane.
The Veritas block plane number NX60 is supplied in a brown Veritas cardboard box with a photograph of the NX60 on the lid. The photo of the Veritas NX60 plane has been given the effect of the dark side of the moon coming into the light.
The patented Veritas NX60 block plane is produced by Veritas Tools Inc. of Canada.
* 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.
nickel-resist ductile iron (approx. 20% nickel)
nickel-resist ductile iron (approx. 20% nickel)
Blade adjuster wheel/nut:
Blade securing wheel:
180mm (7 inch)
44mm (1 3/4 inch)
Veritas NX60 Plane Blade / Cutter
Width: 35mm (1 3/8 inch)
Blade Thickness: 3.75mm (9/64 inch)
Steel: O1 (hardened to Rc 58-60), A2 (hardened to Rc 60-62), PMV-11
Bevel Angle (Primary): 23 degrees
Bevel Angle (Secondary): 25 degrees
2008 - Today
- Veritas Tools Inc.
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safety notices / cautions and similar notices as the manufacturer's instructions
may contain important information on safety, personal safety and the good health of your tool,
something to which this review's scope does not guarantee to extend to.
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