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Veritas Combination Plane Comparison #4: Rods and Fence Comparison

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Blog entry by Mosquito posted 09-11-2017 01:11 AM 2572 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Iron Comparison Part 4 of Veritas Combination Plane Comparison series Part 5: Thoughts on Use »

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. General Comparison
  3. Irons Comparison
  4. Rods and Fence Comparison
  5. Thoughts on Use
  6. My Conclusions
  7. Living with the Plane - A Perspective from Dave

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Fence Rod Comparison:

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Long rods, Stanley left, Veritas right

I did not measure the diameters, but they are clearly different. They’re about the same length for both the long and short rods (Stanley rods are about ¼” longer). The Veritas rods have a very slight taper on the end, and it isn’t polished like the rest of it. This helps locate and get the fence or sliding skate on, but I found it to still have the same problems with the skate/fence not sliding well, and binding. The #45 has the same problem from time to time, but a little wax seems to fix that for me.

 
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Veritas’s picture of their skew rabbit plane

I don’t have a picture of it, but they are the same diameter as the rods and spacing on the skew rabbet plane, so the fence fits on it. The difference, however, is that the skew rabbet plane rods screw into the casting of the plane, so you’d be able to use the skew rabbet rods in the combination plane, but not the other way around. Also, the fence locking mechanism on the skew rabbet (or small plow) is different, and I kind of like it more.

 
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Veritas rod in Stanley fence

In case you’re a "picture or it didn’t happen" type: See I told you that’s not going to work…

 
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Stanely fence, Veritas plane

"Ok, but if I enlarged the holes on the Veritas plane to use Stanley rods, then I could use the Stanley fence, right?". Nope, you’d also have to move the location of the rods as well, sorry.

 
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Stanley in Veritas box

With the rods spaced closer together on the Stanley plane, we knew it wouldn’t sit in the box like the Veritas does. As it turns out, the Stanley plane is also slightly longer as well, and wouldn’t fit in the Veritas box if the iron boxes were also in it.

 
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That about does it for the visual/mechanical comparison, the only thing left was to make some shavings with them both…

 

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com



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AnthonyReed

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#1 posted 09-11-2017 03:08 PM

That is a slick case!

-- ~Tony

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 07-05-2020 07:13 PM

One thing I just noticed recently about the fence is that you can remove it and flip it in order to have a deeper or shallower reach. You just have to wind the micro adjuster all the way out, the fence comes off it’s short rods, flip it over, and wind it back in.

Here it is flipped from its normal orientation. I’m using the combination plane on a 3/8” thick board on a sticking board on my bench. With the fence normal, I would need a sticking board 2” thick in order to index off that. With it flipped, a 3/4” sticking board gives me plenty of edge.

The only reason I put it back in its normal orientation is that it can slide under the skates that way, which is required to fit the combination plane in its storage box.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 07-05-2020 11:53 PM

Oh nice discovery Dave. That could definitely come in handy. It would replace the two holes in the Stanley #45 fence casting, to accomplish roughly the same thing, from the looks/sounds of it

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#4 posted 07-06-2020 01:49 AM

Yeah, I’m not sure how it took me so long to realize that, but once I did, it turns out to be useful very often. I could just replace the piece of wood with a shorter (vertically) piece, but it’s easy enough to flip it for now.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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