My electric jointer is good but the surface finish is not good enough to joint furniture boards together hence the hand plane. I looked on the various tool websites and couldn't decide between a Lie Nielson #7 jointer or a Lee Valley Veritas Bevel-Up Jointer Plane.
|Veritas Bevel-up Jointer plane|
The Veritas won as it was a bit cheaper and more importantly in stock for next day delivery.
|Jointer fence attached to the plane|
For those who don't know:
- The Veritas Bevel Up Jointer plane is 22" long and holds a blade 2-1/4" wide 3/16" thick.
- The blade is an A2 tool steel version ground at 25 degrees.
- The bed is set at 12 degrees making a total included angle of 37 degrees. This is lower than the Stanley standard 45 degrees and apparently is great for end grain work.
- There are also other blades available a 38 degree giving the York 50 and a 50 degree giving 62 degrees. The higher angle will give less tearout on difficult woods.
|Veritas Bevel-up angles|
From Veritas website article
The overall length of the plane is the same as the Stanley #7 but its mouth is in a similar position relative to the toe of a Stanley #8. What this means is that the plane has the registration of a #8 (from the front of the plane) but the distance from the rear of the sole is the same as the #7.
The plane is similar in construction to an existing Veritas plane I already own, the Small Bevel Up Smoother.
|Bevel Up Jointer on top|
Stanley #7 on bottom
(Image from Derek Cohen's Woodcentral review)
The tote and front handle are made from rosewood. The front handle doubles up as a toe locking knob on the smaller smoother, but on the jointer there is a separate knurled brass knob controlling the locking of the sliding toe section. Open it wide for hard aggressive cuts, close it for smoother wispy cuts.
|Toe Locking detail|
The body is made from ductile iron capable (so Veritas say) of being dropped on a concrete floor without cracking or breaking. I will not be trying that deliberately anytime soon!
All I've got to wait for to get back to work is the postman ....
I shall review the plane in future posts.