Veritas No. 6 bench plane

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  • #10073
    Dave
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    I have an opportunity to pick up an inexpensive used veritas no. 6.  Would this be a good substitute for a jack plane?

    -Canada

    #10076
    ejpotter
    Participant

    Yep, perfect.

    Just moved to NE Ohio

    #10079
    Ken
    Participant

    Dave, I use the No 6   I have an 8″ radius on the blade / Iron and it works great.

    #10080

    All is personal preference if you like,size and weight( I mean personal filling) why not, if its inexpensive.

    Toronto, Canada

    #10104
    STEVE MASSIE
    Participant

    I don’t have the Veritas but do have a Keen Kutter K6 and a Sargent and use my #6’s for a smaller jointer plane, never really gave it a thought to use as a Jack Plane.  If it works for you why not !

     

    Steve

    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US

    #10113
    Dave
    Participant

    Thanks for the input folks,  I think it would fit nicely between my no. 7 and my no.4 planes and since I can get it for 50 dollars I’m going to grab it.  @Ken How did you round the blade like that?

    -Canada

    #10114
    Ken
    Participant

    Dave, I Bought a new blade and they put the radius on the blade for me, as I don’t  have a grinder and it would take forever by hand. There is some info here ……..http://toolsforworkingwood.com/store/blog/269

    I hope it helps.

    #10115
    Dave
    Participant

    I’m wondering if using a mill file would work to hog away the corners and establish a bevel.  I don’t have a grinder either.

    -Canada

    #10119
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    A mill file would work, although I’d tend to use a double cut flat file.  Cambering  is also possible using an extra coarse diamond stone if you have one.  An 8″ radius isn’t too much metal removal across a 2″ iron, as it works out in the region of 1/32″ of metal to remove at either side of the iron and arcing to zero at the mid point/centre.

    A quick double check using dividers or compass on paper should confirm this and you can create a template – if desired – and superglue this to the blade being ground.  The template can be removed using acetone once you’ve obtained the desired radius. 😉

    #10120
    Kevin King
    Participant

    Wow! $50 for a Veritas fore plane? If it’s not broken, that’s a steal! They’re close to $300, new! I paid close to $50 for my vintage No. 6 Stanley.

    #10129
    Mihai
    Participant

    Hi , again , @Dave : as I’m posting , I see you’re on the line .

    In my pursuit for happiness (read a # 5 jack plane) , I found the attached data.

    Instead anything better  , this might be a (good) starting point.

    Please double check the values – I cannot be sure about , but I use -them as reference.

    Thanks to every-one for corrections .

    #10131
    Dave
    Participant

    Thanks guys,  @kevinking, Its a friend of a friend sorta deal and no its not busted. Living in the same city where Veritas HQ is has benefits as sometimes these deals do pop up occaisionally.  Just have to keep an eye open.

    -Canada

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