|Review by cajunpen||posted 01-28-2008 06:04 AM||3720 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
This is a review that I posted a few months ago, but I thought that as long as we were going to have a “Review” section on the Forum that it should be here.
The Veritas Bevel-Up Smoother Plane has added a whole new level to my woodworking projects. This is my first new plane and it is now my favorite. Right out of the box it was cutting wood as smooth as glass. I have since sharpened it and honed it and the cuts are even smoother. I hardly use sandpaper for my smaller projects now, I just make a few light passes on my project before assembly and it’s ready to apply the finish (of course after the dreaded glue clean up). I can’t recommend this plane any higher than the 5 stars or I would have.
Before breaking down and purchasing the Veritas plane I wondered how anyone could justify spending that much on a hand tool. After using it a few times I understand and have decided that all future planes will be high end planes – they are just better quality, at least in my opinion.
Below is some of the technical stuff provided by Lee Valley. I did not see any sense in retyping their words.
We have combined the generous width and weight of a dedicated smoother with the versatile inner workings of a low-angle bevel-up plane. The 12° bed angle, coupled with the 38° blade bevel, yields an effective cutting angle of 50°, what is commonly known as a York pitch. This is an ideal starting angle for minimizing tear-out when working difficult wood. It is easy to create a higher micro-bevel angle for very difficult grains.
The ductile cast iron body is fully stress-relieved, and has a 12° bed angle similar to a low-angle block plane. Accurately machined, the sole is flat. The adjustable mouth can be closed to a narrow slit for fine shavings with minimum tear-out or opened for heavier cuts. A stop-screw in the throat adjusts to whatever mouth opening you find ideal for chip breaking and chip clearance. This lets you open the mouth fully for blade removal (for honing) and replacement, yet quickly restores your exact mouth setting. The large wooden front knob and rear handle provide both comfort and excellent control. The adjustment mechanism, with its combined feed and lateral adjustment knob, makes blade setting easy and accurate. Set screws prevent the blade from shifting, but allow full lateral adjustment.
It weighs in at just under 5 lb, with an exceptionally low center of gravity. We have dubbed this plane a 164-1/2 H. It is an excellent choice for even the most demanding reversing grains, where even higher bevel angles (for creating Type II chips) are required to eliminate tear-out. The coffin-shaped body has a sole length of 10” and a width of 3-1/8”.
Includes a lapped 38° blade, 2-1/4” wide, 3/16” (0.187”) thick, made of your choice of A2 or O1 tool steel hardened to Rc60-62. Blade is the same size as our other bevel-up planes, allowing blades of various bevel angles to be interchanged between planes. See the price lines below for further blade options.
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