|Review by TheDane||posted 03-19-2010 05:21 PM||3748 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
I have a new favorite plane. OK … every one of my planes has been my favorite at one time or another, but my new Veritas Apron Plane is now at the top of my list.
A couple of technical details. The Veritas Apron Plane is a small, low-angle block plane that weighs in at about 14 ounces (much lighter than my Stanley 60 1/2). It is 5-1/2” long and 1-3/4” wide, and is made of ductile cast iron. I ordered mine with an A2 blade. The bed is set at 12-degrees, and the Norris-style blade depth and lateral adjustment mechanism is both easy and accurate.
When it arrived, I assumed I would have to spend some time fettling it, but the back of the blade was already flattened and polished to a mirror finish (thank you, Veritas!), and the blade was razor sharp. I still touched it up a bit, but it required only a few minutes from the time I opened the box until it took its first shaving.
I really like the performance I get from this plane. It is small, lightweight and so responsive it almost feels like the blade is connected to my hand.
It is also great on the shooting board. I have always used a Stanley No 5 on my shooting board, but was surprised at how well the Veritas Apron Plane handled squaring up end-grain.
I bought mine with the leather holster so it goes everyplace with me in the shop.
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"