|Review by jayman7||posted 07-14-2011 05:37 AM||5551 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
As you probably expect, I’m going to echo everyone else’s comments on this plane. I have to admit this is my first Veritas hand plane. Like most of you, I was hesitant to pay the hefty price tag but I finally bought it after oogling it for the past several years. During that time, I tuned up my fair share of two jack planes, two smoothers, and two block planes from ebay. They were a pain in the butt to tune up but I learned the inner workings of how a hand plane performs. Most of all, I learned to appreciate what a sharp plane iron really means. These old planes worked great already so I didn’t expect the quality of cut from my new Veritas hand plane.
The planed epitomized the word quality as soon as I took it out of the box. It felt just right in my hands and metal was machined smooth. A quick read at the instructions, and I had the iron set and ready to get to work. All the mechanisms glide effortlessly and were extremely intuitive to understand despite being substantially different from the common hand plane. The blade retracts and extends like a well oiled piston, the mouth adjuster can be micro-adjusted, and the blade couldn’t be easier to set up laterally. None of my other planes come close to this.
I thought my shavings were nice before, but the shavings from the Veritas are in another league. The plane glided through a piece of slightly curly hand maple like butter and produced the most gorgeous looking shavings I have ever made. I made pretty thin shavings before, but this is the first time they were even thinner in long continuous ribbons. The pictures speak for themselves. The surface felt like I waxed it. And this is right out of the box without touching up the blade one bit!! Granted, I only used it during a short night in the shop, but from what I’ve seen so far, I can’t imagine it disappointing me in the future.
This will be my go to plane for most operations, but I will relegate my other planes for slightly “riskier” operations such as cleaning up glue in joints, smoothing out rough-milled lumber, or if I’m just feeling nostalgic.