Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane Review By: I.Ball
Category: New Jack Planes
Manufacturer: Veritas Tools
Plane Type: Jack
Model No: Low Angle
This Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane review is of the plane made by Veritas
Tools of Canada, the review contains lots of info, photos and videos.
The Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane is a fully adjustable, low angle jack plane from the Veritas Tools hand plane range designed for shooting mitres, working end grain and initial smoothing.
The Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane is 15" in length and has a width of 2 3/4". It is made from stress-relieved ductile cast iron with hardwood rear handle and front knob.
The Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane employs an adjustable mouth system.
Adjusting the mouth offers a mechanism of controlling the cut ranging
from a fine mouth for fine shavings to a wide mouth for heavy cuts.
Generally a finer mouth is the mouth opening of choice.
The adjustable mouth is controlled by unlocking the front wooden knob slightly to release the sliding sole front section (the toe), once released, the toe can be slid forward and backwards using the mouth adjustment screw (located above the mouth).
Sliding the toe away creates a wider mouth, sliding the toe towards creates a finer mouth.
Once the desired mouth size is reached, tighten the front wooden knob to lock the toe / mouth in place; as with all pieces, be sure to not overtighten to avoid damage.
The Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane also features a blade fine adjuster; the controller
is a sizeable knurled brass nut located at the rear of the blade.
The blade adjuster allows accurate blade depth adjustments and controlled lateral adjustments.
The blade is further aided by a set screw on either side of the plane which stops the blade from moving when being used.
The blade usually offered with this plane as standard is one of the blade types with a 25 degree bevel.
The frog on the Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane has a low angle 12 degree bed which
with the most common 25 degree bevel blade gives a cutting angle of 37 degrees;
this low angle combination makes it best suited for end grain work.
The 38 degree bevelled blade giving a 50 degree cutting angle is best suited for smoothing work. The 38 degree bevel is also known as the 'York Pitch'.
The 50 degree bevelled blade giving a 62 degree cutting angle is best suited for difficult grain or reversing grain.
The steeper the cutting angle, the more force and energy that will be needed.
The plane is 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.
There are a host of plane blade options available for the Veritas Low Angle Jack
A2 steel plane blade - 25 degree bevel
O1 steel plane blade - 25 degree bevel
PMV-11 steel plane blade - 25 degree bevel
A2 steel plane blade - 38 degree bevel
O1 steel plane blade - 38 degree bevel
PMV-11 steel plane blade - 38 degree bevel
A2 steel plane blade - 50 degree bevel
O1 steel plane blade - 50 degree bevel
PMV-11 steel plane blade - 50 degree bevel
A2 toothed steel plane blade - 38 degree bevel
The blades are usually provided in a plastic case.
stress-relieved ductile cast iron
ductile cast iron
Handle and Knob:
380mm (15 inch)
70mm (2 3/4 inch)
2.72kg (6lb) approx.
Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane Blade / Cutter
57mm (2 1/4 inch)
4.8mm (3/16 inch)
A2, O1 or PM-V11
<2006 - Today
- Veritas Tools
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