I had the good fortune to attend Handworks in Iowa this year, and what a surprise Veritas has for us. They unveiled their new combination plane to be released in August, a re-engineered Stanley 45. I handled it, asked lots of questions, and it looks and works great. The fence can be used on the left or right, so it is left- and right-handed and easier to use either way the grain is running. The fence has the 45’s nice fine-adjustment screw, and the depth stop is threaded so there’s isn’t the slipping depth stop problem like the small plow. And it can use all of the small plow’s existing sets of cutters, as well as the cutters of the Stanley 45 and 55 (except the molding irons).
Price is $300 and change.
I don’t get excited about new tools very often, but this one is pretty sweet.
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