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Redesigned Veritas Small Plow Plane

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  • #135099
    Peter George
    Participant

    Veritas has redesigned their small plow plane. The modifications appear to be an enhanced lock for the depth stop and a modified skate to allow the use of beading blades.

    http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=74089&cat=51&ap=1

    If you have the older version, you can order a kit to send it in and have it modified.
    http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=74052

    I’m considering sending mine in for modification. I’m thinking being able to cut beads with the plane would be very useful.

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"

    #135101
    Peter George
    Participant

    Also, if you just want the depth stop upgrade, that’s free.

    http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=74144&cat=1,230,41182

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"

    #135105
    Salko Safic
    Participant

    Thanks for this excellent post Pete this would be a great addition to this plane, a few years ago I wrote to Lee Valley asking them if it is possible to convert the plane to act like a Stanley 45 using the old record blades since their model is based on the record model. I tried but it didn’t work and here they are now converting the plane. I think the biggest improvement is the depth stop but scuffing the rod would also do the same thing.

    https://journeymansjournel.wordpress.com
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    #135108
    Matt McGrane
    Participant

    I have the older Veritas plow plane and was aware of the depth stop problems. And being able to add beading ability would be fantastic! This is great news. Thanks Peter.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #135112
    Derek Long
    Participant

    Veritas should have put a threaded depth step on it like the 45 instead of trying to make the screw grip tighter.

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado

    #135333
    Sven-Olof Jansson
    Participant

    Dear Anyone and All,
    The Lee Valley price for the complete metric set of the new version of this Veritas left hand plough plane is $446, and as this model as of now doesn’t appear to be available through European retailers, I wonder how much VAT would to that price.

    Cheers
    Sven-Olof

    Sven-Olof Jansson
    London, UK; Boston, MA

    #135343
    Peter George
    Participant

    Well, I took the plunge and sent mine away to be modified. Hopefully I don’t need to make any grooves for the next while. 🙂

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"

    #135354
    Sven-Olof Jansson
    Participant

    A good retailer here in UK is trying to find me a set, though they are not very hopeful. Perhaps I should just jump into the abyss, buy the one available when next I go to Sweden, bring it back here, send it for upgrading, order the metric set of blades, and be happy? It would be nice to have an alternative to the router.

    Cheers
    /soj

    Sven-Olof Jansson
    London, UK; Boston, MA

    #135357
    Peter George
    Participant

    It may take some time for the new version to be stocked. They have just reached the stores in Canada. It might be worth it to email Veritas to see when they expect to have stock in the UK (although that may depend on the dealer). Here is the email address:

    [email protected]

    There is also a list of dealers on the website which also may be useful.

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"

    #135362
    Sven-Olof Jansson
    Participant

    Many thanks Peter,

    My current understanding is that Axminster is the hub in UK, and that they are the ones upon which every other retailer depends. As Axminster is not planning to stock the left hand version, your advice to contact Veritas makes a lot of sense. If for nothing else, doing so would flag that the 13% who are left hand dominate could be a trifle less of relevance to international importers for a product that is actually manufactured to meet the needs of the ‘south paws’ as well. Who knows, perhaps Veritas has a solution? I’ve used the link you provided, and am awaiting their response.

    Kindest regards /soj

    Sven-Olof Jansson
    London, UK; Boston, MA

    #135364
    Peter George
    Participant

    Another southpaw! My plow plane and rabbet plane are both left handed. It makes life much easier for me. I had a Stanley no. 78 and as a left hander, found it very awkward to use. Plus the Veritas rabbet plane is wonderful to use.

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"

    #135380
    Sven-Olof Jansson
    Participant

    Thanks Peter! Will order the rebate plane as consolation while waiting for the plough one.

    Sven-Olof Jansson
    London, UK; Boston, MA

    #135663
    Machinemd
    Participant

    I agree that a threaded depth stop would be a great improvement.
    I went and bought the complete set with the Veritas small plow plane in imperial and found it to be excellent with the exception of the depth stop issue.
    Interestingly the Veritas small router has the same issue as it is a similar design on the depth stop.
    I rectified this to a great extent on both tools by determining where the threaded nut makes contact on the depth stop rod and filing a small flat on the depth stop rod. This greatly increases the area of contact and diminishes slippage.
    Still a threaded depth stop may be an adaptation I will tackle in the future if Veritas doesn’t respond to user’s suggestions.

    #135688
    Peter George
    Participant

    I received my modified plane back today. I’m impressed by the turnaround time. I sent it away 11 days ago and there are two weekends in there. I’ll reassemble it and try it out tonight.

    I also receive a letter from Lee Valley about the program. I’ve attached a copy to this post. It appears that they are working on a large combination plane, which is where they got the idea for this modification.

    As always, I’m impressed by the customer service.

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"

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    #135704
    Peter George
    Participant

    I reassembled my plane and tested it out.

    The depth stop modification works really well. It’s very solid.

    I tried the beading blades. As with most things, there will be a bit of a learning curve.

    Beads in SPF (probably pine)

    This is my first try. The wood is SPF but probably pine of some kind.

    Red Oak

    This is in red oak.

    Walnut

    This is a really gnarly piece of walnut. (it’s waiting for the right project 🙂 )

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"

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