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Veritas Low-Angle Smoothing Plane

Average reader rating
out of 5
Lee Valley/Veritas


A low-angle smooth plane has three key uses. It is used to smooth surfaces, preferably taking a diagonal cut, partly across and partly along the grain. With its generous side wings, it is ideal for shooting miters. Finally, it is excellent for end-grain work. The low cutting angle of 37° minimizes fiber tearing. With a bed angle of 12°, this is a bevel-up plane, like a low-angle block. It features an adjustable mouth with a unique stop-screw, a combined feed and lateral adjustment knob for blade setting, and a generous bubinga front knob and rear handle.

The ductile cast iron body is 10" X 2-1/2". Overall weight is just over 3-1/2 lbs. Includes a 25° bevel blade, 2" wide by 1/8" thick, lapped, and made of your choice of A2 or O1 tool steel. For working difficult grain, additional blades are available: 38° and 50° bevel blades in A2 or O1 steel, and a toothed A2 blade. The toothed blade is ideal for working with difficult grain, especially knots. The small, square teeth leave a textured surface that can be smoothed with a finely set plane or a scraper.

Reader Reviews

Versatile Veritas Low-Angle Smoothing Plane

Review Summary

I'm a bit of a hand-tool collector and own about 20 bench planes, including metal and wooden bodied varieties dating from the late 1800's to last year. From that perspective, my opinion is if you are only going own ONE smoothing plane, the Veritas Low-Angle Smoothing Plane is a VERY good choice. WHY? Because of it's versatility and quality.
Being able to change the blades, and therefore the cutting angles or a blade with a different camber QUICKLY is a terrific time and money saver. With the lack of a chip-breaker and having THICK blades (1/8") make sharpening and changing the blades MUCH less fussy. I use mine for both smoothing and on a shooting board. I normally use the 38 degree blade (50+ degree cutting angle) for general purpose smoothing. I have, but seldom use the 50 degree blade as I seldom use highly figured wood. I find the 38 degree blade handles most with-grain smoothing chores I do in walnut, maple, white and red oak, Bubinga, Cocobola, poplar, birch, etc.. I easily get gossamer shavings from most species without problems. That, plus having no tear-out of course being the goal of smoothing. That said, the adjustable throat on this plane invites opening up the slit and hogging out material when a jack plane isn't available or is just too large for the size of the project. For end grain, especially on my shooting board, I change to the included 25 degree blade which yields a 37 degree base cutting angle. It gets that shearing action needed for smooth end-grain shavings. As briefly mentioned above, I find the easily adjusted throat opening invites setting the optimal slit-size per job, verses the fiddly frog setting of Stanley Bed-Rock style planes like the Lie-Nielsen and Wood River (of which I own some of each brand, so have 1st-hand experience) All three of my blades are the A2 steel types. They are easy to sharpen and came dead flat out of the package. Since I use a 4-5 degree micro bevel when honing, I added the "plus "to the angles above or referred to the cutting angle as the "base" cutting angle. In all cases the actual cutting angle of my blades is ABOUT 4 degrees greater than the stock grind of the blades' bevels. I have NO experience with the new PM-V11 Veritas Blades. Perhaps someone else could post a user's review of those new developments. This plane, or none of my Veritas planes, needed absolutely no tuning out of the box and the fit and finish is top shelf! I highly recommend this tool, especially for it's value and versatility I'm fortunate to also own a Lie-Nielsen # 4-1/2. The performance when using the 38 deg. blade in the Veritas is indistinguishable between the two tools to my eyes and hands. If I had to own only one, I'd vote for the less expensive (even with the added price of the 2nd blade) Veritas. I'm fortunate too have both as I dedicate my Lie-Nielsen # 4-1/2 to smoothing of wide boards and use the Veritas for smaller work and the extremes required by gnarly wood and end grain work. I think the ultimate convenience is that I have a place for my Veritas Low-Angle Smoothing Plane in my "Go-Box" for when I have to work away from my shop. I take all three blades and the plane and have most any situation covered. Consider your work style carefully and you can minimize your number of planes you absolutely must have by choosing from the Veritas Bevel-Up family of planes.

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