Endurance Test: Veritas Low-Angle Smoother

A well-made, versatile plane that’s a great value.
By Christopher Schwarz
Page: 29

From the August 2004 issue #142
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When Stanley manufactured the No. 164 low-angle smoothing plane from 1926 to 1943, it was intended mostly for working on end grain, butcher blocks and the like.

These planes didn’t sell too well, so you might wonder why modern planemaker Veritas decided to introduce its own version in 2002. The truth of the matter is that the Veritas Low-Angle Smooth Plane is much better made than the vintage Stanley. The body castings are thicker, the blade is beefier and the blade-adjustment mechanism is simpler to operate and more versatile. On top of that, modern woodworkers have learned how to customize these tools easily to make them ideal for any smoothing task.

From the August 2004 issue #142
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