|Review by gko||posted 12-24-2010 09:13 AM||10500 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
On a recent trip to Vancouver, BC I picked up several planes which included the Veritas Skewed Edge Trimming Plane. There is a right and left hand version but if the boards two sides are decently flat you can just change the side the fence goes on so you can plane with the grain.
Let me get to the bad first. The fence on the plane was not exactly 90 degrees but closer to about 91.5. When I planed two boards and matched them there was a crack of about 3 degrees. I could change the angle slightly by making lateral adjustments to the blade as this causes the corers of the edge to raise or lower. But it affects the cutting quality of the blade as the lowered edge makes a deeper cut. Using Porter Cable sticky backed sandpaper on my cast iron table saw I worked on the fence until I could get it to 90 degrees. It was difficult because it was the inside corner that needed to be worked on but starting with 80 grit and going to 120 then 180 did the trick. Spent about an hour working slowly, including flattening the sole (side with the blade) and I didn’t want to over shoot the 90 degrees.
After planing you can see the mismatch. Tried different adjustments to no avail. Finally sanded the error so it was 90 degrees.
The plane has the usual depth screw adjuster which worked well. Lateral adjustments are done manually by loosening the hold down plate and manually pushing the back of the blade side to side which is a bit crude but works. I wish it was easier to make fine adjustment as this affects the 90 degree angle as well as the shavings. There are also two screws that adjusts the front of blade laterally. It pinches the blade laterally and together with the back lateral adjuster gives you an even shaving and can effect the 90 degree angle of the cut but with undesirable effects on the shavings. The blade is skewed 30 degrees which lessens the effort to plane and leaves a very nice surface.
The plane is a low angle bevel up design with a 25 degree bevel for a total cutting angle of 37 degrees. On normal grain and edge grain the plane works extremely well. You can change the cutting angle by changing the bevel angle. I might pick up another blade and sharpen the blade at a higher angle to work on harder wood and difficult grain.
One problem I’ve noticed as I was planning for this review is that I’ve gotten a number of chips on the blade. Not sure if its just coincidence or it might be a longer term problem. I am planing a lot of maple and plywood (glue?) so that might be the problem. The A2 blade is harder than the O1 blade so is more prone to chipping.. Maybe the O1 blade won’t chip as easily but it won’t hold their edge as long. I might get another blade and try a steeper angle for harder woods and difficult grain. The 25 degree blade bevel is at a thinner angle than bevel up blades so it could be the thinness causes the edge to chip easily on harder woods.
Out of the box the blade was not very sharp. I did my usual sharpening routine. Flattened the back and honed to 8000 grit. Blade is relatively easy to hand sharpen as the bevel is wide enough to give it a solid footing.
Fairly simple to use. Make sure fence is solidly on the face of the board and it should give you a nice 90 degree edge. Check the angle as mine was off.
I added a little 1/8” hard board fence to the fence which stabilizes the cut. This reduces the cut from 1” to 7/8” which is wide enough for most 3/4” boards which are usually just a tad thicker. With the blade sharpened the plane cuts really well and leaves a really nice, smooth edge. I always check to make the edge is square if I’m gluing. I found getting the edge straight with a jointer plane then planing with the edge trimmer gave me an edge that perfectly buts together. The edge trimmer is a bit short so it sometimes can’t joint an edge if it wasn’t straight to begin with.
This was very nice in touching up the edge a large audio cart I made for my daughter’s classroom. I had built the cart before my trip and was about to add edging when I came home with the edger. Gave it a quick trim (actually some were longer because I found some of the edges was really crooked) and trim went on much nicer than it had in the past. It would have been very difficult without it. The plane is a tool that I foresee using often.
-- Wood Menehune, Honolulu