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GBSteve

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#1 posted 07-11-2019 02:46 PM



GB, if you have the time, read this article I wrote on the Custom Planes. It is really about plane design, and how to get the best from them: http://www.inthewoodshop.com/ToolReviews/VeritasCustomPlanes1.html

Derek – I spent the last two mornings reading your write up with my morning coffee. Quite impressive! Very interesting reading your findings on the totes, Veritas new style vs traditional. Like many, the aesthetics of the Veritas standard handle isn’t my cup of tea, but I appreciate the ergonomic benefits of the design. It was also nice to read about the BU Jointer. I’ve never used one, but the physics of the lower centre of gravity offering more stability seems accurate.

I’d put the Veritas #4 Custom BD smoother with 42ยบ frog on my list after reading your article. As my wonderful (and un-biased) wife said, it doesn’t matter if something looks odd, as long as it functions better than others…and if I totally do not like it, it would sell easily enough on eBay. That said, I do appreciate the research and design LV seems to put into their products. The feeling I get from LN sometimes is that we should be happy and privileged to own their products…

I’d also put the Veritas BU Smoother on my consideration list as well. When it comes to smoothing flat sawn and quartersawn teak, do you feel one would give better results than the other? This is assuming PM-V11 irons in both models. I say teak as it’s probably the most abrasive/difficult work I work with, though I could be overthinking this and in reality it would be no different than walnut or white oak.


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