|Review by ChunkyC||posted 02-10-2011 03:20 AM||6077 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
With Veritas I expect a good quality, mid-range tool and that’s exactly what I got. Like a kid at Christmas, I had to take a few swipes with it last night right out of the box. It did ok out of the box. Tonight I honed the blade and started getting her setup.
The blade, the O1 version, was not as flat as I would have expected so I had to spend a good amount of time getting the back flat. Once that was done, honing the edge was straight forward and a lot faster than I had expected. I did get the O1 blade which is a little softer than the A2 version which means more trips to the sharpening station for touch ups, but the touch ups goes faster.
The sole was flat so I left it alone.
I’m not totally sold on the set screws on the side for the blades yet. I suspect that I will come to appreciate them. Their purpose is to hold the blade in place so that it doesn’t slip side-to-side. Not sure if that’s even that much of an issue, but they’re there so I’m using them.
The adjustment mechanism is smooth as silk and is very easy to adjust. The plane comes with an adjustable mouth too. The adjustable mouth did require a little cleaning to get it to operate smoothly but I didn’t have to file anything to get a good fit so, well done.
The lever cap was in excellent shape. I did strop the edge just so that I get a good seat with the blade. I suppose that you can forgo this step.
I did get the optional fence. For my level of expertise, a fence is a must! I was surprised when I got it as I was expecting a fence that attached with rare earth magnets. I watched Matt’s Podcast and he has one that attaches with simple magnets. The fence is held in place with two brass thumb screws. So attaching and removing is a little more involved. The fence comes with a set screw so that you can adjust it to 90° to the sole. (I haven’t done so yet.) The screw moves quite easily so I’m curious as to how it keeps its setting after putting it on and off a few times. I can always get it set and add a drop of thread lock to it if need be.
The one thing that I don’t like about the plane and that’s the tote. It’s the first thing that I grabbed when I finally got it out of all of that packaging and I instantly knew that it didn’t fit my hand. It just didn’t feel “good” when I held her. And after using it a little, my hand was complaining. I’m not going to take anything thing away from the plane for this. This, to me, is one of the personal things and everyone will have different opinion about it so make up your mind if you like the tote.
Because it’s a low angle plane, it’s going to work better in softer woods and woods with straight grains. So I had a scrap of Cedar that I took a couple of passes and OH MAN! I’ve never had a edge come out so smooth, even with my #4 smoother or card scraper. Cut effortlessly!
Next I took a couple passes on some walnut. We all know how walnut has grain switching back on you. The jointer got through it but with a little more effort. There was some tear out where the grain switched directions. Lee-Valley sells irons with larger angles for using on woods like walnut.
All-in-all a very nice piece of equipment. I’m glad that I got for sure. I will be ordering a different blade sometime in the future for working with harder woods like walnut.
-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135