VeritasĀ® Apron Plane mouth opening to big?

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Forum topic by jap posted 09-28-2013 10:01 PM 1461 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-28-2013 10:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane veritas apron plane

I’m thinking of getting a small block plane. I was looking at Veritas
or Lie-Neilsen

I actually like the look of the Veritas more, it’s cheapen, and has finger grips on the side. But the mouth looked huge in the picture, so I emailed them asking them the size of the mouth opening. Here is their response:
Thank you for your e-mail. The 1/8” is the machined opening in the plane without a blade. With a blade at sole height you would be looking at less than a 1/16”.

What exactly is “less than a 1/16”? Do you have a plane and can measure?

Do you think that “less than a 1/16” mouth opening is to big? I want to use it for chamfering edges, some as short as 3/8” long. It will also be used as a small smooth plane for smoothing small projects. Or should I get the Lie-Neilsen since it has a very fine mouth opening.

-- Joel

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#1 posted 09-28-2013 10:44 PM

Both are amazing. I like the veritas for PM-V11 blade.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 09-29-2013 12:44 AM

I have one coming in the mail shortly with the PM-V11 blade. As for your intended use, its not exactly a smoothing plane. It is just as the title describes it to be, an apron plane. Small enough to carry around all day in a pocket. It is something you grab when you need to do some light planing when you don’t want to go all the way to wherever you keep your planes. If you want a light smoothing plane get one of the normal sized block planes and pick up the handle kit for it.

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#3 posted 09-29-2013 01:35 AM

I’m not a real hand tool guy but It seems to me that the mouth does not matter as much as how far you have the blade dropped below the shoe of the plane to cut. You just need enough clearance for the chips and not too little. I have an old cheapo no name Stanley and you can adjust the blade mount so as to vary the mouth opening by the blade. Maybe that one adjusts too.


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#4 posted 10-01-2013 02:57 AM

The LN 102 mouth is pretty tight. It can’t take very thick shavings due to it’s mouth size. It serves more as a trimming plane. If the wood has reversal grain this plane would not work well. A lot of tear outs. A standard block plane would be a better choice.

Chamfering edges has no issues. It is very controllable. As for smoothing….. I would use a std block plane with a adjustable mouth with an increased bevel small work pieces.

It is still one of my favourite hand planes…... Next to my Stanley#4 and std block plane

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