My Woodworking Journey #5: Veritas Medium Router Plane - My First Premium Tool

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Blog entry by Gerald Etto posted 05-07-2021 02:11 AM 818 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since I started getting into hand tools, I’ve mostly bought used Stanley or Record panes from eBay. I got a lot of them at amazing prices, from as low as $9 for the Stanley #4 which worked beautifully. However, I noticed that some vintage / classic planes were getting really expensive, sometimes even more expensive than a Veritas or Lie Nielsen.

I already had a Stanley 71 router plane, which I got in complete and proper condition. I restored it a little bit and made a nice box to house everything. The problem with the 71 is that it was a bit too big for fine work involved in making boxes.

I just got myself a Veritas medium router plane with PMV-11 blades, and I am completely blown away. I’ve never felt quality like this on any hand tool, even the set of Stanley sweetheart chisels I got a while back.

It was just flawless – no slop, no sharp burrs, perfect japaning, and a super sharp blade. I also have a Veritas medium shoulder plane on the way. Plus, the blades on this will fit the larger Veritas router plane and also the Stanley 71, although it’s taller than a 71 blade. That, however, can be fixed by making a base.

I think I’ll just admire it for a while before using it. When I bought my Fender electric guitar, I slept with it the first day. I’m weird like that, but I was also single at that time.

For obvious reasons, I wouldn’t want to sleep with this plane on my bed :)

-- Weekend Woodworker @

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#1 posted 05-07-2021 02:28 AM

So you haven’t tried it yet.
I haven’t tried my very nice 71 either.

I like tools. What else can we say.

I want one of those too!

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 05-07-2021 08:53 PM

I have their large router plane and the mini. Mini is great for hinge work. Love the large, used it once or twice. I plane to explore inlay with it.

-- Petey

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