|Review by Texasgaloot||posted 10-27-2008 05:28 PM||3499 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
Anyone who has ever seen the movie “A Christmas Story” knows the elation of discovering that you had won a major prize. I have not had a new tool infiltrate my shop in a very long time. It would be even longer had I not won this plane from the Wood Talk Online podcast—thanks Marc and Matt. See, folks, if you aren’t listening to this podcast, YOU SHOULD BE! Even a guy who never wins a thing can win something over-the-top cool!
Okay: on to the plane (thank God it wasn’t a fishnet-stocking leg masquerading as a lamp!) This tool sat around in the house for a couple of days after I received it, partly because I figured I was going to need to take the time to hone the iron, and partly because I wanted to bask in the glory doing my best Darren McGavin imitation. (I was hoping some neighbors might wander by so I good exclaim it was a major prize as if I had won it based on my intellect and cunning, but that’s hard to have happen tucked away on a ranch…) I had to explain to my wife that I didn’t have the time to hone just yet, and when she asked why, I thought that it would be an opportunity to show her. Fortunately, I didn’t have to go very far to find a crow to eat…
This plane made whispy curls in fir, right out of the box! Now there’s a shocker. Perhaps most quality new planes do that sort of thing and I don’t win enough of them to know that, but it seems like most tools ship ready to hone, not ready to use. Anyway, I was thoroughly impressed with the quality, heft, and overall feel of the plane until I used it, and then I was blown away with it’s ergonomics.
Now, it could be strongly argued that this plane is less of a rabbet plane and more of a moving fillister, with it’s adjustable fence. I think perhaps the reason we might go with Veritas’ description is because it contains one nicker. Had it two, one on each side of the plane body, we might see where it could be used for plowing clean dados and grooves, but in it’s current configuration it is intended for a rabbet plane. And rabbet it does—both with the grain and across it, with equal enthusiasm and regardless of species! What surprised me the most came whenever I wanted to plane cross-grain after planing a number of rabbets up to the depth-stop, and found that it required no more effort than planing with the grain.
So here’s the thing, and why I wanted to offer this review. I have a project in my shop that is going to require a number of mortise and tenon joints in mesquite. The problem is that the stretchers that are going to require the tenons are too long for me to use my stacked dado blade to cut. Because of the scew, I can use this plane to whip out tenons quickly and accurately, hopefully with no tear-out. I’ll let you know how that goes, but prior to this plane entering my shop, I would never have considered it.
I realize that this a very non-technical review, but it is mostly written to say this: I would never have spent the clams on this plane. There are too many other specialty planes I thought I needed ahead of this one. Now that it’s here and I’ve begun to use it, it has lept to the top of my go-to tool arsenal. Consider seriously getting one of these, even if you are a power-tool person!
-- There's no tool like an old tool...