|Review by PurpLev||posted 10-13-2011 05:13 PM||4226 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
I got this when it first came out a year or so ago as I wanted something that could handle rabbets and joinery’s edges and this one seemed like a jack of all trades when it comes to that. It is no replacement for a shoulder plane, but I figured I’d use it mostly as a block plane which will also allow me to address some edges, rabbets etc.
The plane itself is a beautiful designed product and the materials and machining is superb – a real gem. it is very hefty and feels solid in your hand compared to my stanley block plane, but not overly heavy that it is uncomfortable. this heft also means slightly less need to exert force while using it as the weight does most of the job you just need to move it across the wood. the plane itself seem a bit bigger than other block planes but is still very ergonomic and feels very comfortable to use over a long period of time. touche on the design!
controls are spot on. there are 2 set screws to keep the blade where it supposed to stay in terms of lateral movements and the blade retracting mechanism works like butter – a real nice one to use.
The blade is thick at ~1/8” and comes sharpened but required lapping and honing to get it ‘there’. the lapping required was very minimal as the blade was flat and had no low spots just required finishing.
This plane comes with an edge fence that sets up the plane to be used as a rabbet plane to create rabbets at the end of boards. there is a left skew and right skew versions of the plane (I only have the left skew) and to this date have not used the fence or the plane as a rabbet plane but should the need arise I’m glad to have it available. It also has a scoring blade to help keep the rabbets edges clean and can be rotated out of the way when not in use (how I have it now).
The only thing requiring attention is the fact that since this is a rabbet plane and the blade is extended to the edge of the plane when using it as a regular block plane you have to be careful of that edge or it might scratch your stock (if not setup flush, or if you tip it slightly) – just something to remember.
the skewed blade make it cut end grain much easier than other straight blades and the fact that the blade is installed at low angle just helps it even better. I used it on some end-grain cutting board and other projects and there was no sign of the block skipping or sticking like something could happen in those scenarios. cuts like butter.
This is my work horse and I use it all the time as a block plane. a real good performer, looks great when not in use, and has some killer features.
Thank you Veritas/Lee-Valley for innovating and pushing the envelope with these.
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