I agree with Khola. I purchased David Barron's dovetail saw guide and made my own version of his tail and pin board alignment guide over a year ago and I've been cutting perfect dovetails ever since. Piece of cake! You can search YouTube.com for "David Barron dovetails" and check out his videos. I love his technique and he is a real gentleman and a pleasure to do business with. If you're having ANY problems with your hand cut dovetails, you owe it to yourself to check out David's foolproof method.
LIE-NIELSEN VS. VERITAS LOW ANGLE JACK PLANE
I have several planes and other tools from Lie-Nielsen and I have nothing but praise for all of these tools, both in function and in form.
Recently, however, when I decided to order a low angle jack plane, I decided I liked the design and features of the Veritas plane over the Lie-Nielsen. When examining the Veritas low angle jack plane for the first time, I was surprised to notice that the blade was not highly polished on all sides, like I’ve come to expect from Lie-Nielsen. The back of the blade was a dull gray color and it looked like some dark colored coating had dripped all over the sides of the blade and is very sloppy looking. Although the top of the blade was polished, it wasn’t the best job. The blade was definitely razor sharp right out of the box and the plane does perform flawlessly, but esthetically, it is a bit of a disappointment.
In addition to the blade disappointment, I noticed the knob and tote were not finished to the level of a Lie-Nielsen. The LN handles are finished to absolute perfection – they are high gloss and super smooth, a pleasure to touch and feel. The Veritas knob and tote were dull in comparison and the tote actually felt rough – far short of the quality of LN.
The Veritas low angle jack plane does perform flawlessly, both upright and on it’s side for shooting. It is an excellent plane and has some interesting features like set screws to stabilize sideward movement of the blade and a thumbscrew to use as a stop on the mouth setting, both of which are lacking in the Lie_Nielsen version. But for the price, I expected the highly polished blade, knob and tote that I consistently get from Lie-Nielsen. I’m still debating whether I should return the plane and purchase the Lie-Nielsen instead.
If I never owned or touched a Lie-Nielsen plane, I would have been thrilled with the Veritas low angle jack. Like I said, functionally, the tool is excellent, but I’m afraid I’ve been spoiled by the best. Both firms manufacture excellent, hard working tools. Lie-Nielsen tools, however, are also a work of art.
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