Veritas Combination Plane Comparison #7: Living with the Plane - A Perspective from Dave

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Blog entry by Mosquito posted 12-31-2018 07:51 PM 1586 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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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


Living with the Plane – A Perspective from Dave


Dave, who graciously lent the time and Veritas plane for this, posted a comment as a follow up after having and using the plane since this write up was completed. I thought it would be a good thing to add on to the blog series, for better visibility, as so often reviews of things are only ever as deep as initial impressions.

Dave Polaschek

After more than a year of use, and a handful of T&Gs cut with the Veritas, it works, but it’s far from ideal. I get just enough wobble, even with the more stable Veritas, that the tongue ends up with slightly non-parallel sides and slightly sloped shoulders, so the joint isn’t as secure as I’d like. Plus, the same depth stop setting left me with slightly different depths for the tongue and groove (due to a difference in cutter depth, I think).

I don’t think I would recommend the tongue cutters to someone buying a Veritas Combination Plane. Using a regular cutter twice to cut the tongues will work, won’t be significantly more frustrating, and will also not have the problems with the same depth stop setting producing different results with the two different cutters. Yes, it means making two passes down the board, and one of them will have grain going the wrong direction, but it’ll be easier to set up and repeat.

As for the nickers, I mostly don’t use them. If I’m cutting cross grain with the combination plane, I use a marking knife and a straightedge to score the grain, rather than fiddling with the nicker and then having the tip of it fold over on me. I’m pretty convinced the ones I got have a failed heat-treat, but I haven’t bothered to contact Veritas tech support about it. I could heat treat them myself (they’re little, and I’ve got a MAPP gas torch) if I cared, but it’s easier to just ignore them entirely, especially since it takes a special tool (an Allen wrench, but still) to adjust them.

I think mostly “don’t buy the tongue cutters, and at least the early nickers aren’t very good.” I can’t think of anything else. It’s a nice toy otherwise, but they didn’t quite get everything right. Hope there’s a Handworks again this year so I can talk to their reps there. That’s the way that sort of problem gets fixed.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#1 posted 01-03-2019 07:41 PM

Thank you Dave and Mos!

-- ~Tony

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