AWFS: New Veritas plane for shooters
Joining Lie-Nielsen, Lee Valley’s Veritas division debuted its own version of a dedicated shooting plane. At 7-3/4 lbs. and $330 for the model with an 01-steel blade, this is a tool for serious shooters.
A jack plane works well for the job, especially a low-angle model, but the new Veritas plane puts your hand in a much more comfortable position. With plenty of mass and momentum, it made gorgeous shavings easily at the show, pushed with just one hand, leaving the other free to hold the work tight to the fence.
Typical high-end Veritas features include a Norris-style adjuster, and a nicely adjustable throat. Also, the handle (tote) pivots to to allow you to use the plane face down for other trimming jobs. Also the bed is skewed 20 degrees for shearing action but the blade is a standard Veritas low-angle model.
Veritas doesn’t stop there
The Veritas product designers didn’t stop there, of course. We also liked their new Cabinetmaker’s Chisel Plane ($130), a sweet version of the traditional chisel plane, at $130; and an affordable little trim saw, the Detail Flush-Cutting Saw ($22.50), with no set at all on the teeth, so it can be used on either side. The company is also getting good feedback on their space-age PMV-11 tool steel, and expanding it to a line of butt chisels and plane irons for other manufacturers’ planes.
The new Veritas shooting plane is a whopping 16 in. long with excellent momentum and a low-angle, shear-cutting blade.
The throat is adjustable, with a smaller brass knob that acts both as a stop and a micro-adjust.
The Detail Flush Cutting Saw has zero set on either side of the teeth, meaning it can be used on either side, and won't climb as it cuts, according to Veritas.
I could find tons of uses for the Veritas Cabinetmaker's Trimming Plane, designed to make precise paring cuts where a chisel can't easily reach.