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Veritas Low-Angle Jack Plane

Average reader rating
5.0
out of 5
Brand:
Lee Valley/Veritas
Model:
05P34.01
Price:
$219

Description

The Veritas low-angle jack plane is a versatile bench plane. It is ideal for shooting miters, working end grain, and initial smoothing. With the optional high-angle blades, it is also the answer for working difficult grains, making it a well-rounded workhorse. Lee Valley has designated it as a No. 62-1/2 because of its size, weight, low center of gravity and radically set-back mouth. The plane is 15" long, 2-3/4" wide and weighs in at just under 6 lbs. This is a bevel-up plane, with a 12° bed angle similar to a low-angle block plane. Includes a lapped 25° bevel blade, 2-1/4" wide, 3/16" (0.187") thick, in either A2 or O1 tool steel. Blade is the same size as other Veritas bevel-up planes, allowing blades of various bevel angles to be interchanged between planes.

The body is fully stress-relieved, ductile cast iron. It is accurately machined so that the sole is flat and the sides are square to the sole. The sheer mass of the plane, combined with the large side wings, makes it both more stable and more effective than its predecessors. The specially shaped lever cap, together with the machined thumb recess on either side of the body, provides both comfort and excellent control when shooting.

The plane's adjustable mouth can be closed to a narrow slit for fine shavings with minimum tear-out or opened for heavier cuts. All of this can be done quickly and accurately with the front locking knob and the unique mouth adjustment screw. The large wooden front knob and rear handle provide a comfortable grip. The adjustment mechanism, with its combined feed and lateral adjustment knob, makes blade setting easy and accurate. The setscrews on either side of the blade prevent it from shifting in use, but allow full lateral adjustment.

Reader Reviews

grat PLANE.

Review Summary

this tool is amazing .. is one of the most versatile hand plane Lee Valley did a great job

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

State of the art plane

Review Summary

I own a plane like this, first I'd like to say to all of you who are in the market to get a Jack plane, this is not the typical "Jack" plane! BTW, the picture is distorted, the blade is not as thick as it looks, but it's thicker than "any" conventional plane. A Jack plane is to prepare wood boards for the smoothing plane, well then, this plane is more like a short Jointing/smoothing plane combined in one.
When you get it, you need to hone the blade which is already sharp but that "extra" is beneficiary to its performance and is capable to shave wood to less than a thousand of an Inch. I wouldn't use this plane as a Jack plane, get any Stanley/Bailey/Bedrock type Jack plane for that, use this plane as a smoothing or jointing and you will absolutely love it, it is specially great on end grains and for difficult wood grain, get a higher angle blade for it. As for me, it is my Cadillac of planes. The built and craftsmanship of this plane is superb and the price relatively is great for it, just make sure you have the blade "hair shaving" sharp for best performance, when you're done with it, put some "butcher wax" on it to protect it from rust. The Stanley Sweetheart #62 does not hold the candle for this plane in quality, craftsmanship and performance!(IMHO), the only next best thing could be a Lie Nielsen Low angle Jack plane at a higher price and a narrower blade, the quality is superb also.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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