This small, low angle block plane is ideal for trim carpentry. At 400g(14oz), it is half the weight of a standard block plane which is a big plus if you carry it in your apron pocket all day. The 140 x 44.5mm ductile cast iron body takes knocks in its stride. It has good hand feel; unique side wings allow a comfortable firm grip and provide stability for shooting. A combined feed and lateral adjustment mechanism makes setting easy and accurate. 12° bed angle, it comes with a lapped 25° bevel blade made of either O1 or PM-V11 alloy steel. The blades are 2.5mm(0.098") thick (nearly 25% thicker than standard 2mm block plane blades) and 32mm wide.
|Nett Weight||400 g (14oz)|
|Plane Blade Width||32 mm (1.1/4")|
|Plane Sole Length||140 mm|
4 September 2018
15 years on - still awesomeI've had my Veritas apron plane for somewhere between 14 and 15 years (can't remember the exact date I bought it). I have to say that it has performed perfectly, is comfortable in the hand and the set-up is pretty much perfect for me. In fact, after taking it out of the box as a novice woodworker, I think it was about a year before I even felt the need to sharpen it. I do sharpen it regularly now, and it's razor sharp (literally). The balance in the hand is as close to perfect as it could get, and I don't think there is a project I've done where I haven't used it. End-grain and long-grain chamfers are so cleanly cut and consistent they don't need any further finishing. Adjustment is precise and really puts you in control of the blade. Maintenance is ease, I used to sharpen the blade on a whetstone, but now I use 9u tthen 1u 3m microfinishing film on float glass with a Veritas honing guide, followed by a light strop just to polish the edge and take off the burr. Then before putting it away a wipe over with camellia oil has kept it like new.
16 May 2016
You just can't buy better!I bought mine about 8 months ago from the North Shields store. I went in for a Rider low angle block plane; one of the staff there, I think he is called Jason, got me to try the Veritas Apron plane. Wow........I was after something just a bit smaller than the standard block plane and this is it! About 3/4 the size of a standard block plane so it can be used for delicate work. Unfortunately the only PMV 11 blade they had was the one in the plane, so that was offered to me for a reduced price (no complaint there), and I got the plane itself for half price as they were having a sale at the time. Win, win, win. Left the shop like a dog with two dicks, if you don't leave the shop with what you want and better educated then you really need to get a life! I just understand why anyone, no matter what their skill level is would go anywhere else for quality hand tools! You just can't this range, quality or advice for the likes of B&Q, Homebase or any other run of the mill DIY store.
Mr Tim Nott
9 January 2014
A lovely handfulThis fits the hand beautifully, adjusts brilliantly and planes in all kinds of situations excellently. Not having an apron, I keep it in the pocket of an overall. Even if you have a block plane it's worth having a second as you can keep them set for different tasks. My only criticism is that it's to easy to accidently turn the brass knob (the bigger one beneath the handle) that loosens the blade.