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Posted on Help with picking out Veritas hand planes

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#1 posted 10-14-2012 11:52 PM

I own quite a few of their planes and as others have said, they’re a top quality tool. If you want to flatten rough sawn boards you might consider their scrub plane—it will remove wood with the quickness. Their low angle block plane is nice too, as you can get a handle and knob for it to turn it into a small smoother. I like all of their bevel up bench planes, including the holy trinity (BU smother, LA jack, and jointer). One of the nice things about them is that they all use the same size blades, so changing the blade out from say a low angle 25 degree to a 50 degree for figured woods is a snap. If I was starting from scratch, I’d buy them in this order:

1. Low angle block plane with knob and tote
2. Low angle jack
3. Jointer with the fence (really helps in edge jointing to keep the plane square to the face)
4. Scrub
5. BU smoother

Then I’d start looking at their specialty planes (e.g. scraping, shoulder, router, etc.) depending on specific needs

Good luck!

-- John, BC, Canada

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