A new concept in plane design, Veritas custom bench planes can be customized to fit the work you do and the way you do it. To get planing right away, you can choose our standard configurations, such as the smooth planes offered here, or the planes can be customized with alternative parts and accessories to suit your needs; you choose the frog angle, the blade material, and even the size and style of the knob and tote, allowing a level of personalization previously limited to handmade planes. Each part of the plane is machined in our shop for accuracy and fit, ensuring that the plane functions as a unified whole no matter which parts you choose. To order a fully custom plane, please contact our customer service department.
Both smooth planes have bodies made from fully stress-relieved ductile cast iron. The soles are machined flat and square to the sides and have extra-large side wings for stable shooting. The planes have a Norris-style combined feed and lateral adjustment mechanism for easy and accurate blade setting. Two set screws register the blade in the throat. The movable toe plate allows quick mouth adjustments – loosening the front knob lets you close the mouth to a narrow slit for fine shavings and minimum tear-out or open it for heavier cuts. A stop screw in the throat retains mouth settings and prevents accidental contact with the blade. The cap iron registers on and attaches to a low-profile blade carrier attached to the blade, which allows you to easily restore the cap iron to the same position after removal for blade sharpening. Two tapped holes in either side allow the mounting of an optional fence, available separately. Patented. Made in Canada.
The #4 smooth plane, at 9 1/2" long and 2 1/2" wide, is an ideal size for general smoothing, finish work and trimming parts. Its 4 lb 5 oz weight is enough to provide a smooth cut without being tiring to use. It uses a 2" wide blade.
Slightly longer and wider than the #4, at 10" x 3", the #4 1/2 uses a 2 3/8" wide blade that lets you take a wider cut to smooth a surface with fewer strokes. Its greater weight (5 lb) also helps maintain a smoother cut by increasing the plane's inertia.