This neat little low angle plane is 225mm long, 59mm wide and weighs only 1.25kg. It is easier to handle than a full size smoother. Think of it lying somewhere between a large block plane and a full size smoother, then you’ll see just how useful this plane can be. Like a full size version, it is useful for final finishing of surfaces, end-grain work and for shooting mitres. The ductile cast iron body is fully stress-relieved, machined and surface ground with a bedding angle of 12° . The supplied 44mm wide blade has bevel of 25° and is available in O1 or the highly acclaimed PM-V11 alloy steel. The locking front knob controls the adjustable mouth, closed to a narrow slit for fine shavings or opened for heavier cuts. An adjustable stop-screw in the throat lets you open the mouth fully for blade removal (for honing) and replacement, yet quickly restores your chosen mouth setting. The large wooden front knob and rear handle provide both comfort and excellent control. The Norris-style 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. The lapped blades have a flatness tolerance of ±0.005mm or better over the working surface, and with an average roughness surface finish of 0.000127mm or better. Made in Canada.
|Nett Weight||1.25kg (2lb 12oz)|
|Plane Blade Width||44 mm (1.3/4")|
|Plane Sole Length||230mm (9")|
21 June 2016
Wonderful little planeI bought this plane because I wasn't able to make raised panels with my jack plane. Jack plane is too heavy and big to hold at an angle to plane raised panels. So I bought this little plane which was just perfect for this kind of tasks. Great for little pieces, much like a block plane but you can hold it like a regular plane. Its low mass is a plus for certain tasks. I also have a 50° blade for difficult grain where I can smooth small localized areas although it lacks some more mass there.
22 March 2016
It's really something!First of all I want to state that I started to go unplugged only since about 10 months. Thus, my experience with hand tools is a bit limited. It should also been known that this Veritas small bevel up plane (with the pmv11 blade) is my first premium plane. The comparison material I have are some planes that are cheap bevel down planes where I had to put down some work before they were possible to use. With this background the Veritas small bevel up plane was a delight, I did not even had to hone the blade to get transparent shavings. If I would have known earlier what I know now I would probably have gone for this plane (and other Veritas planes) from the start.
16 February 2016
A delight for the delicaciesAll that the manufacturer claims about this plane has been true to me. It’s very well made, ready to use once the blade has been installed and set up, it works nicely on narrow pieces, does a good smoothing, and is very light. Too light for certain end grain planing, perhaps? On occasions, I have the impression that a #5½ Clifton does a better job with the end grain, jack of all trades as it is.