|Review by RickH||posted 02-24-2008 02:44 AM||5043 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
The tool I have owned for about a month is the Lee Valley-Veritas Low Angle Block plane, with optional rear vertical tote and wooden front knob.
I originally bought in order to have a really high quality block plane, and decided to order the optional rear handle and front wooden knob in case I wanted to use this plane that way.
On it’s own this LA plane is a fantastic tool:
> Has adjustable front mouth to fine tune / optimize shaving control in difficult woods.
> Very comfortable to hold and use. Has machined finger indents in the sides to improve your grip, and the standard front brass mouthpiece knob fits your thumb for planing control perfectly.
> Extremely well made. Very nicely machined, with perfectly vertical sides for shooting.
> I love the LA combined brass depth screw/iron angle control. Very easy to use – and it works great.
> Built as a Low Angle plane, which is the only way to go. Most standard planes, being bevel down, mount the iron on a 45 degree bed – and that’s the planing angle you are stuck with. But with this built as a low angle plane (as many other Veritas planes also are) you can easily change the planing angle by changing the iron. Since LA planes use bevel up irons, your planing angle is determined simply by the grinding angle on the iron. So for more difficult woods you can simply put in a higher angle iron. The plane comes with a 25 degree grind, but I also ordered the 38 degree blade as an option. Lee Valley also offers 50 degree and toothed irons for this plane as well.
To give you more power and control you can also install the rear vertical tote handle and a front wooden knob to replace the brass adjuster. I found this so useful that I leave these on – it makes this plane the equivalent of a #3 = and then bought another block plane to also have one in that configuration.
I love all the versatility I have with this plane given all the iron options, these extra handles, and a chamfer guide which is also available. Great, high quality tool!
Check out the manufacturer web site @ www.leevalley.com
-- Rick - OC, CA