|Review by Rick||posted 12-22-2009 09:36 PM||3536 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
In my book Veritas builds high quality planes with a dash of new and innovative thinking for a reasonable price. It’s not a cheap price but if you’re looking to be happy with a plane in every way, then this is the first brand in the price range. In my opinion.
I use this plane for everything except for smoothing a wide board. This will handle end grain and even the side grain of birds eye maple. However, you need to get your plane iron sharp. I suggest the A2 steel. You should not stop sharpening and moving up the grits until you have a mirror finish on both sides of your blade. You must have a mirror finish meeting a mirror finish to get a truly sharp edge. If you don’t do that you can’t blame the tool. I use the “scary sharp” method.
I recently bought only the front wood knob for it. I could always get a good grip on the rear of the plane but had trouble get the pressure down on the front of it when running across a board. The plane would running up and out of the wood as I was making my passes. I’m not a tall or big guy so others might not have this problem. I just couldn’t get the umph behind it without the front knob for extra control and pressure.
Now, if you want this to be a quality plane for years to come.. Keep it waxed.