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Forum topic by Straightbowed posted 09-17-2012 01:55 PM 6823 views 2 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2012 01:55 PM

Just a question I just ordered tha plow plane and waiting for it to come in, is there any tips on using this plane such as begining maybe with some touchup honing or of that sort??


-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#1 posted 09-17-2012 02:39 PM

I don’t have a Veritas plane but have heard countless times, and without exception, that they’re ready to go out of the box. Fettling you will have to do (set the fence, depth adjustment, etc.), but that’s with any plane. Enjoy it, I’d love to run one through it’s paces someday!

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#2 posted 09-17-2012 03:12 PM

I have one and it is an exceptional tool. You can use it out of the box but the blades will benefit from a bit of final honing. Practice using it a bit in some scrap to get the feel for it. Avoid taking just one long cut across the entire length of your board for the first few passes. Start near the end and take small strokes working your way back until you are taking full length strokes. That way the groove will guide the plane a little better and you avoid tearout. Also, the post on the depth stop is pretty slick and can move while working. I found mine benefited greatly from a slight roughing with sandpaper. No issues now…

Did you get the T&G conversion kit as well? I have and have played with a bit but have yet to use it in a project. It will have a wee bit more of a learning curve, but those that use it seem to really like it!

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#3 posted 09-17-2012 05:23 PM

I have several Veritas planes and Smitty is right. They are ready to go out of the box. Still, every iron could use a little polish.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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#4 posted 09-18-2012 01:13 AM

My Veritas jack plane iron did need some honing out of the box. But not much. And the back was flat as a pancake so I never needed to fiddle with that. I’m hoping to get one of their block or shoulder planes soon.

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#5 posted 09-18-2012 09:01 AM

thank you very much for the info when I get tha plow I will update you guys and see whats goin on.


-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#6 posted 09-18-2012 11:11 AM

I’m with the rest of the gang, have several of their planes, most got a tryout with
the shipping goop only just wiped off, ready to go as was..but like Scott says a little polish helps even the best.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#7 posted 09-18-2012 12:14 PM

I’ve got that plow in my cart b/c I’ve heard so many nice things about it; and I can’t find a Record 44. I know Lysdexic uses his a lot and the results are spectacular. I bet all you’ll have to do is polish the back. My LN blades often show up with a surprising amount of mill marks.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 09-18-2012 01:39 PM

There is a review here :
”[The cutters]They differ from the normal run of plough and combi cutters in having square sides, rather than relieved like Stanleys, Records etc,and I was surprised to find how much of a difference that made. I was more conscious of binding in deeper grooves and on the return stroke the action felt rather jerky and disjointed as, presumably, the back edges of the cutter resisted the backwards motion ”

To alleviate the problem, see Paul sellers recommendation on:

”My reason for mentioning in the earlier blog #5 that the underside of the irons would need sanding too is because often the irons are cut with square edges instead of being sloped from front face to back. In general, Record always bevelled the underside of the edges from 4-7degrees. This meant that when the plane was dragged back along the cut, the edge of the cutting iron didn’t ride the walls and cut the walls on the backstroke, which is a general source of damage in using plough planes. it is a good idea to take a 10” flat file and bevel the sides to make them narrow on the underside of the cutter.

I still round the corners of the top face corners of the irons so that they don’t undercut the walls of the groove, especially will this happen with the opening cuts, so it’s good to take care here.”

another review :

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn (and that is nice)

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#9 posted 09-20-2012 05:31 AM

yes I have the Plow in the shop, but Im in a fight with Mr flumonia rite now it’s kickin my rear, but I did manage to get out in the shop. I really think they should build a mid range box or case for this plane, but I think the Idea is for you to build it with the plane as an insturment. I got the works with this plane Imperial blades all sizes, including the tongue cutters, wish I could get out and play but I have to stay in the house and be a good boy Im goin to build a case for it I have a granite plate got from work a couple years ago 36×36x6 it is on a mobile base and I have all my handplanes under the rock, but can’t wait to get out and plow

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#10 posted 09-20-2012 06:13 AM

In addition to my review ( ), there is also a pictorial on my website of using the T&G blades ..

Regards from Perth


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#11 posted 09-20-2012 09:32 PM

thank you Derek that was a some really good work and instruction I guess I will be runnin in an out of the house tryin to copy this. thank you very much for your time I really do appreciate it

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#12 posted 09-21-2012 02:59 AM

Thanks Derek.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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#13 posted 02-05-2013 09:33 PM

Hi everyone. Just signin tring to find more information on this plan. I was able to try it out (bare bones) at this year woodworker show and didn’t realize there was more options. So I’m thinking of ordering the complete imperial set up but can’t seem to find anyone talk about using it on hard woods; oak, walnut, maple…
I already have a LN 3/4” that works fine B Cherry and kinda ok on B redwood. I’m concerned with the LV wide blades not having enough support. Also is the nicker that big a deal ? I would think you could score the groove with a fine jap saw ?
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


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#14 posted 02-06-2013 01:47 AM

yes I just posted my plow for sale if you are interested I dont have time to use it

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#15 posted 02-06-2013 06:22 AM

Another thing you can use this and other plough planes for is small rebates (rabbets US). Very handy for corner inlays. Clamp a sacrificial piece of wood to the side of the stock so that the skate runs fully supported and prevents the cutting iron from taking a deep, gouging cut. The depth shoe then rides on the sacrificial piece and so gives exact depth for finishing along the length. The skate itself controls the depth of cut. This is what we did with the old Record 043 and 044. It makes very crisp corners if grain run is good.

-- Paul Sellers, UK

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