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Those marvellous fellows at Brimarc asked if I'd like to review the range of Veritas planes on behalf of the members here, and after pausing long enough to pick myself up off the floor, I said "oh, all right then".
Lee Valley Veritas make three models of block plane; a small ”Apron” plane, and adjustable mouth Low and Standard Angle planes.
I’m not a member of the Flat Sole Society, but for the purposes of review I put a straight edge along the soles and sides, and a square too. All three blades bedded down solidly in the plane; I was particularly impressed with the fit to the top of the adjuster in all of them. That's certainly given me food for thought, as I am looking for an Apron or a Low Angle Block plane next.
Great review Alf and thanks to Brimarc for sending her the planes Looking foward to the next one. Really enjoyed that even though I am not in the market for a new block plane, it is interesting to hear how Veritas are progressing with their range.
The very shiny black lever caps look good, although the reviewer who had them prior to me had managed to scratch one already, so maybe you’d need to take care of them to ensure they continue to look as good.


All the planes have been designed to allow use on a shooting board, so squareness of the sides to the sole is an issue. You wouldn’t want to be shooting the ends of carcass sides with these planes, but for trimming mouldings, fillets etc, they’re a handy solution. I'm kind of in the market for a LA block plane (I have a Stanley and it works but I just know a LN or now, a LV would work far better!
I was going to try them “straight outta the box”, but as the previous reviewer had already done so, even to the point of leaving the gunk on the blades, and as I had no idea how much they’d been used, it seemed fairer to hone them as I would do usually. Two hands worked best for me here too, but I felt in control of the Low Angle plane all the time. Well I do have a particular liking for fixed mouth block planes, but for all round handiness I think the Low Angle has to get the nod.
I was a little surprised by the rough quality of the casting on the Low Angle; there were noticeable dinks out of the top of the wings and the bed has had to be milled on the skew to get it correct. To be fair, a large standard angle block plane is one of the few planes I don’t have (Gasp ), so I can’t base my observations about it on previous experience of other makes.


The lateral adjustment on the Apron plane was very smooth, but on the others the grub screws made it a little jerky.
As I, er, perspired that shiny lever cap got slippery, and I found my hand sliding down towards the toe and inevitable loss of control of the plane resulted. As long as it works this isn’t really a problem I suppose, but I think if I’d bought the plane I’d have some concerns, although the box proclaimed it was checked for quality control, so obviously it’s well within manufacturing tolerances as far as L-V are concerned. On a couple of occasions I’ve been using my L-N bronze block and wanted to just shoot a small section of moulding or whathaveyou, and been thwarted by its curvaceous sides; the Apron solves this problem, and for small stuff it’s really very good. The grub screws themselves are either side of the iron near the mouth, and pinch the iron in place.
If you have a young Galoot In Training who wants to plane “just like daddy”, this might be the solution.



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