|Jim Davey - Woodworking Hand Tools|
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Coming Soon - Sept 2016Veritas Custom Planes
new concept in plane design, these bench planes can be customized to
fit the work you do and the way you do it. You choose the frog angle,
the blade material, and even the size and style of the knob and tote –
allowing a level of personalization previously limited to handmade
planes. Each part of the plane is machined in our shop for accuracy and
fit, ensuring that the plane functions as a unified whole no matter
which parts you choose. For each plane, we have recommended a
configuration that best suits the work it is typically used for so you
can get planing right away. You can also customize the planes with
alternative parts and accessories to suit your particular needs.
our custom smooth planes have bodies made from fully stress-relieved
ductile cast iron. The soles are machined flat and square to the sides
and have extra-large side wings for stable shooting. The planes have a
Norris-style combined feed and lateral adjustment mechanism for easy and
accurate blade setting. Two set screws register the blade in the
throat. The movable toe plate allows quick mouth adjustments –
loosening the front knob lets you close the mouth to a narrow slit for
fine shavings and minimum tear-out or open it for heavier cuts. A stop
screw in the throat retains mouth settings and prevents accidental
contact with the blade. The cap iron registers on and attaches to a
low-profile blade carrier attached to the blade, which allows you to
easily restore the cap iron to the same position after removal for
blade sharpening. Two tapped holes in either side allow the mounting of
an optional fence, available separately. Patented. Made in Canada.
The #4 smooth plane, at 9-1/2" long and 2-1/2" wide, is an ideal
size for general smoothing, finish work and trimming parts. Its 4 lb 5
oz weight is enough to provide a smooth cut without being tiring to
use. It uses a 2" wide blade.
Slightly longer and wider than the #4, at 10"x3", the #4-1/2 uses
a 2-3/8" wide blade that lets you take a wider cut to smooth a surface
with fewer strokes. Its greater weight (5 lb) also helps maintain a
smoother cut by increasing the plane's inertia.
For users who wish to get started quickly, we offer a standard
configuration for each plane. For the #4 plane, this configuration
includes a 45° frog, PM-V11® blade, Veritas standard knob and Veritas
medium tote. For the #4-1/2 plane, the standard configuration includes
a 45° frog, PM-V11 blade, Veritas standard knob and Veritas medium
PM-V11 blade has a lapped face and is ground with a bevel that
requires only final honing to 30° before use. Hardened to (Rc61-63), it
has a fine, consistent grain structure that provides significantly
greater resistance to damage from both impact and wear than O1 steel,
yet the edge can be quickly restored using water stones or other
common sharpening methods.
The 45° frog offers a cutting angle that is suitable for most
work. Also known as common pitch, it is the most frequently used bed
angle for bevel-down planes.
All knobs and totes are made using domestic torrefied maple – wood
treated with a heating process that changes the structure of the wood
at the cellular level, stabilizing it against the swelling and
shrinkage caused by humidity changes.
The standard Veritas knob is the same found on most of our bench
planes. It has a more spherical shape, standing 2-3/8" tall with a
maximum diameter of 1-3/4". It provides a balance of features between
the other two knobs, useful if you alter your grip depending on what
kind of work you’re doing.
The standard Veritas tote is the one currently used on our line
of bevel-up planes. It is a relatively vertical handle, designed to
allow a comfortable grip that keeps your forearm closer to parallel
with the plane’s sole. This allows you to bring more forward force to
bear because it encourages you to push with the heel of your hand
rather than the web of your thumb. The medium size is comfortable in
most hands between 3-1/8" and 3-7/8" wide at the palm.
If you want a different selection of components for your plane,
you can create your own fully customized plane.
Designed and Dovetailed by Jim Davey