Veritas Customizable Smooth Planes #4
All Veritas custom bench planes have bodies made from fully stress-relieved ductile cast iron. The soles are machined flat and square to the sides and have extra-large side wings for stable shooting. The planes have a Norris-style combined feed and lateral adjustment mechanism for easy and accurate blade setting. Two set screws register the blade in the throat. The movable toe plate allows quick mouth adjustments – loosening the front knob lets you close the mouth to a narrow slit for fine shavings and minimum tear-out or open it for heavier cuts. A stop screw in the throat retains mouth settings and prevents accidental contact with the blade. The cap iron registers on and attaches to a low-profile blade carrier attached to the blade, which allows you to easily restore the cap iron to the same position after removal for blade sharpening. Two tapped holes in either side allow the mounting of an optional fence available separately. .
The PM-V11 tool steel (Rc61-63) has a fine, consistent grain structure that provides significantly greater resistance to damage from both impact and wear than O1 steel, yet the edge can be quickly restored using water stones or other common sharpening methods.
The 45° frog offers a cutting angle that is suitable for most work. Also known as common pitch, it is the most frequently used bed angle for bevel-down planes.
All knobs and totes are made using domestic torrefied maple – wood treated with a heating process that changes the structure of the wood at the cellular level, stabilizing it against the swelling and shrinkage caused by humidity changes.
The standard Veritas knob is the same found on most of the Veritas bench planes. It has a more spherical shape, standing 2-3/8 inch (60 mm) tall with a maximum diameter of 1-3/4 inch (44 mm). It provides a balance of features between the other two knobs, useful if you alter your grip depending on what kind of work you’re doing.
The wide knob has a relatively flat profile. The large bearing surface for your palm provides improved comfort for pressing down on the toe of the plane and gives fingers more purchase when lifting the plane at the end of a stroke. the wide knob is suitable for long or heavy planes. Measures 2 inch (51 mm) tall overall with a 2 inch diameter.
The standard Veritas tote is the one currently used on the Veritas line of bevel-up planes. It is a relatively vertical handle, designed to allow a comfortable grip that keeps your forearm closer to parallel with the plane’s sole. This allows you to bring more forward force to bear because it encourages you to push with the heel of your hand rather than the web of your thumb. The medium size is comfortable in most hands between 3-1/8 inch and 3-7/8 inch (80 mm - 98 mm) wide at the palm.