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Veritas Apron Plane

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
5.0
out of 5
Brand:
Lee Valley
Model:
05P27.02
Price:
$85

Description

This small, low-angle block plane is ideal for trim carpentry. At 14 oz it is half the weight of a standard block plane, a big plus if you carry it in your apron all day.

The 5-1/2" x 1-3/4" ductile cast iron body takes knocks in stride. It has good hand feel; unique side wings allow a comfortable firm grip and provide stability for shooting. A combined feed and lateral adjustment mechanism makes setting easy and accurate. 12° bed angle.

It comes with a lapped 25° bevel blade made of either O1 or A2 tool steel, The O1 blade is 0.098" thick (nearly 25% thicker than standard 0.080" block plane blades), 1-1/4" wide, and hardened to Rc58-60. For yet more beef, choose a 1/8" thick A2 blade (Rc60-62).

WOOD magazine review

Good value for a pocket plane

Review Summary

This small plane performs much like its bigger sibling, the low-angle block plane, Veritas 05P22.01, except that it weighs less than half the weight and lacks the adjustable mouth. But it's just the right size to keep in an apron pocket so it's always handy when you need it. It cuts smoothly and cleanly, and all adjustments proved easy to make.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Just the right plane at just the right price

Review Summary

Lee Valley has been making well respected hand planes for quite a while. One standout in their stable of offerings is the apron plane. At 14 ounces it's easy to handle and carry in your apron pouch. Or, if you prefer, you can spend the short money for the leather holder, which doubles as a holster that you can hang off of your belt. It's got a low bed angle for the cutting iron, making this plane excel at things like trimmming end grain or cleaning up a cross cut.
Since it's so small it is also nimble enough for a lot of duties that a standard sized block plane might have difficulty with. As shipped the iron is brutally sharp, not really needing any honing at all (nice!). Lee Valley gives the buyer the option for either O1 or A2 grades of steel for the cutting iron. And you can even go for a toothed version of the A2 blade, which is used very often for things like traditional veneering prep or other jobs with exceptionally squrrely, wild grain. I've used my apron plane now for over five years and must confess that it's among the first tools out on the bench every morning and is one of the last ones to be put away. I use it constantly for things like a quick chamfer on an edge, trimming dovetails or... well... a whole lot of little jobs in the shop. It's a polite little runner that's just the right size for sweetening the joinery so that it fits 'just so'. I have several Lee Valley planes, but far and away the apron plane is the one that sees the most use. Very highly recommended.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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