Review

I love to make and use wood-body hand planes. Making my own lets me customize it to suit my hands or its intended use.
Blade adjustments, though, require delicate tapping on the plane body or wedge that holds the blade in place, and some woodworkers prefer the precise adjustability of a metal-body plane. Lee Valley’s Veritas plane-making kit enables you to make a wooden plane with a Norris-style adjuster (shown below), a feature usually found only on metal-body planes. With it, you can tweak the blade depth by turning the adjuster wheel, or move the blade side-to-side by pivoting the adjuster. The kit also includes a screw and threaded bushing for the lever cap, so you can easily tighten the cap against the blade. But the 4-1/2"-long blade, when bedded at the recommended 45° angle, requires a wooden body at least 2-1/2" tall to correctly mount the adjuster. This creates a plane that’s a little oversize for the 1-5/8" blade width; that’s more of a small block-plane size. (Lee Valley’s Wally Wilson said 2" kits will be available in the future.) —Tested by John Olson, Design Editor

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5.0
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