Veritas Low-Angle Jack Plane
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.