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Posted on Stanley 45 or Veritas plow plane

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BubbaIBA

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#1 posted 09-22-2014 02:22 AM

I’ve owned a pristine 45 for somewhere around 40 years and I would bet I could count the number of grooves I’ve cut with it without taking my shoes off. While there are others that will disagree and it is a fascinating work of woodworking tool art, as a woodworking tool it is a POS. It’s not that it will not do all the functions it is there are other planes that will do them better and with less fuss.

Get the Veritas. I have one along with several wood stock plows, the Record 778 and a Stanley 78. If I’m making furniture and not just goofing around I will always reach for the Veritas. Put a wood fence on the Veritas, rough up the depth stop post so it will hold, make sure the iron is sharp and it doesn’t get better.

I just finished grooving five large drawers with 3/8” grooves and I would bet the router and/or table saw guys would not beat me by much.

Here is what the aux fence looks like:


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