Which Veritas Plane to buy??

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Forum topic by BerBer5985 posted 12-07-2011 10:02 PM 1841 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2011 10:02 PM

I’ve been messing around with a lot of my older stanleys purchased through ebay and what not and I’m getting the bug to want to buy a higher quality plane from veritas. Plus I have a few other small things I need from them and I figured to save on shipping, I might as well throw a plane in on the deal as a x-mas present to me! But I’m torn between like 5 different ones. Part of me tells me to buy a specialty plane like a router plane, scrub plane, plow plane, shoulder plane, etc. I have a stanley 62 1/2 low angle block that I’m going to pop a hock blade in here soon, but I looked at their low angle with the handle to convert it to a smoother, plus there’s a number of low angle planes like the jack plane that might seem awesome! Help me pick one! haha

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#1 posted 12-07-2011 10:12 PM

I don’t like Veritas planes but if I were buying one, it’d be the low angle Jack all day long. And tomorrow too.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 12-07-2011 10:24 PM

I have a L-N low angle jack and I hardly use it. I don’t understand
the popularity of low angle bench blanes… I mean, I understand
their attractiveness and benefits but the low angle jack really doesn’t
earn its keep in my shop. The working qualities of low angle irons
on end grain have been over-stated, imo. A very sharp and well
tuned standard pitch plane works end grain just as well.

Anyway, the Veritas shoulder planes seem finely made. The heavy
weight shoulder plane is really the most useful plane I’ve found
for joinery.

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#3 posted 12-07-2011 10:38 PM

I guess it depends on what you are intending to build as to which plane you should get first. Right off the bat, I’ll tell you I have their router plane, scrub plane, plow plane, shoulder plane, and their skewed rabbet plane.

If I were intending to build alot of mortice and tenon furniture or cut stopped or through dados, the router plane will clean up the cheeks of the tenons and the bottoms dado grooves. It’ll even work cleaning up rabbets, although you’ll want to support the plane with some stock to avoid having to balance just one side on the edge of a board.

The plow plane is obviously most useful plowing grooves in something like rails and stiles that a raised panel door might need or for a drawer bottom. For rabbets that don’t need to be wider than the 3/8 inch blade it has, it can work for that also. It’s just a little more limited just because of it’s blade size when it comes to rabbets.

The shoulder plane will handle the same mortice and tenon cleanup jobs the router plane will, as well as the dados and rabbets, but because of it’s fixed size, would be difficult to use on smaller odd-sized dados. When used with a fence to rabbet the end of a board, it can do the job (slower than a dedicated rabbet plane, though), whereas a router plane might be a little more difficult to control (even if you use its dedicated fence).

The scrub plane is great for hogging off vast amounts of material quickly, but honestly, I don’t have to do that alot. I had a load of red oak that was rough sawn I needed to process and no power planer, so for me, it made sense to have one handy.

When looking at the options, I went with the router plane first then added the shoulder plane. I had stopped dados in mind when I made that choice, however. I prefer to clean up tenons with the shoulder plane, personally.


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#4 posted 12-07-2011 10:58 PM

I just got a LN #62. I’ve been researching scraper planes for a while, and it seem veritas make the one most recommended. That will be my next “new” purchase I think.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 12-07-2011 11:05 PM

I kind of agree with Loren that the big block planes are a bit hyped. Hyped meaning billed as the last plane you’ll ever need, etc. If you use a low-angle block plane for a lot of end-grain work, it makes sense that you’d like the low angle jack. If you’re used to standard angle bench planes, it’s simply “different” which is exciting in and of itself. I enjoy using them, whether or not they’re superior to a standard angle plane. I definitely wouldn’t be buying the Veritas, though, when the LN is just sitting there. The Stanley 62’s pretty much out ($$).

Looking back at my post, I must admit that if I didn’t have a good shoulder plane, I’d be looking at one. I think a shoulder plane is something that you can easily justify buying new. If I didn’t have a good standard jointer plane, I’d surely need to get one pronto. I guess my answer should have been “all of them!”, lol.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 12-07-2011 11:31 PM

I’m with Loren (about the planes).
That being said, I’m also a nutcase about any old Stans that can be rehabilitated-rehabilified-rehabilistated.
Got an old #5 that ya don’t use?


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