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Veritas No. 4.5 Smoothing Plane

Lee Valley/Veritas


The Veritas #4-1/2 smoothing plane represents the evolution of a traditional tool, addressing shortcomings such as blade chatter and throat adjustment, while making use of modern materials for the castings and blade. It incorporates a completely new concept in bench planes, a frog that extends all the way to the sole of the plane. This effective design reduces blade chatter by providing complete blade support and allows a user to quickly adjust the mouth as required. It can be closed to a narrow slit for fine shavings, or opened for heavier cuts. All of this is done without having to remove the lever cap or anything else from the plane; simply loosen a pair of screws and dial the desired opening with a thumb wheel. The carefully machined fit between frog and sole makes the process fast and accurate.

The 2-7/8" X 10" ductile cast iron body is fully stress relieved, machined, and surface ground on both the wings and sole for accuracy. The extra-large side wings make for very stable shooting. The 2-3/8" wide blade is lapped, a full 1/8" thick and made of your choice of A2 or O1 tool steel. The thick blade, combined with the full-depth frog, virtually eliminates chatter under all conditions. Both the hardwood front knob and tote are generous in size for control and a comfortable grip. The combined feed and lateral adjust lever make blade setting easy and accurate. At just over 5 lbs, this has the mass needed for an effective smoother.

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