Welcome to the most competitive online shop for premium bench chisels and plane blades. Now, we must mention that there are plenty of similar tool rests and jigs on the market and most are less expensive than our set under review, so our aim for this review is to see whether the additional cost is warranted in both the build and functionality of the Veritas set. However, the principal difference among bench planes is the length of the sole, and it is therefore possible to manufacture a line of bench planes using a substantial number of parts that are interchangeable among plane sizes.
The rabbet plane on the other hand is pretty much the opposite of all of the above with a bevel down iron bedded at a standard or higher angle and a definite bias on the escapement that will eject the shaving off to the side and thus prevent clogging while cutting long rabbets on moulding or whatever. While you might not use the Veritas Bullnose as a chisel plane all that often, when you do need it, you’ll be glad to have it. It does a much better job of cleaning up stopped dadoes and chamfers than you can accomplish with a chisel. Let’s look at how the shoulder plane can be used and why I no longer find it necessary.
In some cases it has been replaced by another tool, in other cases my skill has improved to the point of not needing the assistance offered by the shoulder plane. Also, the chisel statement appears to be because they want you to use their Mortise Chisel jaws to hold the 1″ chisel blade. I have never had a problem with any of my LN tools and when I use my shoulder planes it feels natural to me and I am sure if I had a Veritas I would get used to it as well.
Lol, maybe I should just go and ask for help from a professional at my woodcraft store before I ruin my chisel ! The manner in which a plane blade is held within the plane structure and extent to which it is supported, particularly adjacent to the blade cutting edge or arris is important to the successful function of the plane. Lie Nielsen offers a smaller size chisel plane that has the size and maneuverablitly of a block plane.
I kind of want a chisel plane, but I’ve always made due with regular planes and chisels… maybe I’ll splurge on one someday (especially if it comes up on the yearly factory second sale at lee valley). There are two things that make the Veritas shooting plane more effective on a flat shooting board than any of the bench planes. This is what is called a ‘tap and try’ plane and requires a little bit of expertise in use as it’s adjusted in a slightly different way to modern planes which are fitted with screw adjusters.
In the bench planes of this invention, the rear plane handle or tote is captured between and secured soley to projecting tines attached to a frog that is adjustably secured to a plane body in a manner permitting forward and backward adjustment of the frog position without removing the plane blade. I’d only purchase Veritas planes from now on based on my experience of all LN products, quality control not what it should be, IMHO of course. The second advantage is weight and at just over 3.5kg, the Veritas shooting plane is noticeably heavier than the low-angle jack or a standard No.5 though lighter than the Lie-Nielsen.
Today I was ready to start preparing the first pieces of maple for resurfacing the top of the table, which involved sharpening and honing the first plane blade (for the Jointer) and planing the edges. My 1-inch LN chisel fits in the standard jaws, but only down to about 32 degrees. Superior lateral blade position control is provided by set screws having flat ends penetrating the two sides of the plane body immediately above the mouth. Thank you for posting the video demonstrating your method for building a chisel plane. Look at the smoother plane behind it and notice this has a slightly higher pitch at approximately 50 degrees.
WoodRiver Small Chisel Plane features a At 4-1/2” long (5” OAL) by 1-3/4” wide and weighing just 1-1/2 lbs, this little beauty is the perfect size for cleaning up glue lines and light trimming duties such as smoothing out pocket hole plugs. This extension provides contact with the underside of the plane blade all the way down to the blade bevel, thus providing the maximum such blade contact possible. I used an incra jig protractor to get the right angle so that I could lay the chisel on the top of the wheeled edge and roll the whole thing over some sandpaper, and get a wicked sharp edge.
The medium sized one is an everyday bench plane and the short one is used for smoothing finished carcasses and for final trueing up of surfaces. Guide won’t hold some low-angle block plane irons; tapered edge tools like fishtail chisels; or thick tools, such as mortise chisels. To defeat spelching I would do a lot of paring using a wide chisel and that practice has even sidelined my rabbet block plane.
Adjustments in the blade cutting angle without modifying the angle at which the blade is held by the frog in the plane may be made by forming a front bevel on the front surface of the blade (front” meaning the side of the blade facing forward and up when it is in the plane). For instance, the plane body and frog can be cast of ductile iron, gray iron or bronze, as well as composite materials such as fiber reinforced polymeric materials. Sharpening bench chisels and plane blades freehand is child’s play in comparison. The Veritas Jointer handles beautifully, and I learned that my table is at a good height. I can have any plane blade or chisel sharpened within a couple of minutes – literally.
While I do agree that some of LV tools are better engineered how much better can a chisel plane really be. I personally like LN tools 9 out of 10 times, well maybe 8 times. Tool makers show us a vast range of planes that we don’t really need; screw block planes, bronze edged planes, convex sole planes, small chisel planes, beading planes, chisel planes — the list goes on an on — none of these are really necessary to your tool kit. There are a lot of features on this plane that are common to the rest of the Veritas range.
We’ll talk about water stones, Shapton Stones, the Veritas MKII jig, DMT plates, free-hand sharpening, scary sharp, and a few other topics from the chat room questions. Of these two planes, probably buying the smaller medium sized plane first will be a good idea, adding the larger shoulder plane later on. For plane blades and chisels, you make sure your adjustment pin and one clamp screw are aligned and then simply butt the side of your chisel up against both components to set your tool in the correct position. Kind of an odd tool if you ask me. I would def find more use in a different tool for that kind of $. The chisel plane seems like a tool for the woodworker who has it all.
These planes have a bench or block plane type of sole with the cutting iron of the plane located far forward. For over 30 years I have been making furniture and I’ve only just bought a large scraper plane. The blade edge of a shoulder plane must fully extend to the side, perhaps even a hair’s breadth beyond, so that the cut can fully extend into an inside corner. In the case of cleaning up rabbets they’re expensive substitutes for the shoulder plane cited in your post of last week.
It is desirable that the blade be held within the plane in a very secure manner and that it be supported in a way that minimizes bending or flexing of the blade in response to the forces exerted on it during use of the plane. Plane blade lateral and depth adjustment is accomplished utilizing a mechanism also secured entirely to the frog, thereby providing a frog, blade and handle assembly usable interchangeably on plane bodies of differing lengths.
I’m having trouble understanding how the standard jaws would fit the plane blades but only 1/4 to 3/4 inch chisels – not the 1 inch. Third, and most important, because the frog (and therefore the bed) lies entirely above the portion of the plane body on which it rests, but the blade must project down below the surface or sole of the plane body, a portion of the blade projecting below the frog is unsupported. As far as rehabbing an old stanley, I don’t turn the plane into a museum piece.
Different woodworking operations require the use of different sizes of planes, so it is not possible to produce a single bench plane that functions optimally in all situations. The first is reduction in manufacturing complexity resulting from reduction in the number of parts that need be manufactured for an entire bench plane line. However, formation of two smaller protrusions machined to produce surfaces 72 and 73 reduces the risk of shrinkage in the areas of the casting for plane body 78 where these surfaces are located.
The backs of the chisel should be flat or very slightly hollow for ease of sharpening. It will even hold the Thicker” Veritas PM-V11 drop-in replacement blades for Stanley. As I mentioned earlier, I had hoped I would find the Veritas totes more comfortable than the one on my Record Smoother. Since the Tormek puts a radius grind, I then hone the edges of chisel and planes between times with a Veritas guide on a diamond plate. My satisfaction with other excellent Veritas tools that I’ve purchased and used, including their router table system I talked about earlier.
For plane blades, chisels etc, this is at 90 degrees to the wheel, which is also hopefully 90 degrees to the table (for good measure). My Record #4 has a more traditional tote, and though I’ve been able to work with it, I don’t find it comfortable (I find it too curved and a bit cramped), so I’m actually looking forward to trying the Veritas tote, which promises to be more to my liking. However I think if I were buying a plane right now I would be buying a Lie Neilson plane.
If I have to take mulitple passes to cover the entire tenon cheek then my chances of getting things into a single plane are less. For example, when using the plane on its side (its more common orientation) to trim a tenon shoulder, I start by applying lateral pressure to keep the front of the sole firmly against the shoulder. With the full weight of the plane supported, any sensation of balance is lost and with the handle set towards the back of the body it’s possible to over-compensate and attempt to drive the tool into the workpiece.