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Instrument assessment: Veritas Bevel-Up #1 handplane

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Veritas Bevel-Up #1 Aircraft

Though classic Stanley No. 1 planes are scarce and really pricey, sufficient of them exhibit indicators of wear and tear to counsel that these little planes have been well-used instruments and never novelties. Veritas’s newly launched model continues the custom, however with a bevel-up configuration to assist with duties that profit from the aircraft’s small footprint.

 Very similar to a block aircraft, the Veritas No. 1 excels the place its small sole permits for finesse and management in becoming, sizing, and shaping smaller elements. Duties like chamfering or rounding over edges, fine-tuning miters, or fine-tuning the reveal on doorways and drawers turn into simpler. The aircraft has a sole 5-3⁄16 in. lengthy and 1-25⁄32 in. broad. The blade, 1-7⁄32 in. broad, is out there in 01 or PM-V11 metal. The mattress angle is 15°.

Like a block aircraft, the No. 1 could be held with one or two palms. However as a result of it’s taller than a block aircraft, it’s simpler to carry and management. (As compared, I discover my unique Stanley No. 1 troublesome to understand.) Any bevel-up aircraft has some great benefits of having fewer elements (no chip breaker or frog) and ease of fixing the bevel angle. However the No. 1 advantages specifically from the additional finger area supplied by the low-profile blade and absence of a frog.

Additionally, in contrast to the Stanley model, whose mouth is inconvenient to change, the Veritas has a moveable shoe in entrance of the blade, which makes adjusting the mouth a snap. The shoe is moved by loosening and tightening the entrance knob. A mouth-adjustment screw regulates the positioning of the shoe and prevents it from putting the blade. 

Blade adjustment can be handy. The Norris-style adjuster strikes the blade each vertically and laterally, though I choose light faucets with a small hammer for exact lateral settings.


Picture: Barry NM Dima 

From Effective Woodworking #292

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