Veritas block planes with Tote

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Forum topic by 12strings posted 08-14-2012 02:08 PM 1829 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-14-2012 02:08 PM

Has anyone used the Veritas block planes with that attachable rear tote they sell? I guess that would make it into a small smoother, right? Does that work well, or is it just a gimmick?

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#1 posted 08-14-2012 02:20 PM

Yes, it works quite well for me, the tote is suprizingly solid when mounted and unlike the bigger Veritas
planes the handle angle is the same as the old Stanleys etc..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 08-14-2012 03:09 PM

Same here. It makes the plane much easier to hold and control. Really a good addition, although I take mine off when doing some traditional block plane rough & ready task.

-- Working on a retirement hobby, only 30 more years to practice!

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#3 posted 08-15-2012 08:51 AM

I have the veritas low angle block plane with the traditional tote/knob and the chamfer guide.

Is the tote a gimmick: Yes, you don’t need handles for most block plane use.

Is the tote usefull: Yes, the veritas block plane is a little heavier and bulkier than a standard block plane. The handles make it easier to handle for some uses, and let you use it as a small bench plane.

The differance in the totes:

Bench tote: optimized for a down and forward stroke (bench use).

Traditional tote: works reasonably well in a down and forward stroke (bench use), as well as an out and forward stroke (off bench use where a bench tote may be awkward).

I bought mine mainly to use for chamfering (I also have the veritas left-skew block plane and a hock block plane), it works well for this and does chamfer cross-grain (although the chamfer guide slightly burnishes the wood surface).

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#4 posted 02-07-2013 05:36 PM

I’m in the market for a block plane and discovered these accessories for the Veritas low angle block plane today. i’m deciding between the lie nielsen 60 1/2 and the Veritas. they both seem very high quality. I just the other day was looking on ebay at Stanley #3 smoothers since I don’t have a smoother. the idea that the Veritas block plane could be used in some applications as a smoother is very appealing. 12strings, did you end up getting the tote and knob? How is it working for you?

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#5 posted 02-07-2013 06:41 PM

No, I just ended up getting a $7 vintage smoothing plane that I am still rehabing…I did follow the suggestions here on tuning up my cheap block plane, and it works much better now.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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