Just as with all the planes Veritas produces, its shooting plane is sleek, well thought-out and ready to tackle the toughest jobs.
With a weight of 7.7 pounds, the Veritas shooting plane gathers momentum quickly and slices through the end grain of even the most rock-hard exotics. But despite its heft, it’s easy to use for extended periods of time because it runs on a shooting board – there is no lifting.
To put the plane through its paces, I decided to use it as it came from the box. The tool I tested had a PM-V11 blade (it’s also available with an O1 blade). It was sharp and ready to work – though a quick honing would have made it even better (which is typical for any new edge tool). The cutting edge has held up well, even after extensive use.
The plane can be used with any shooting board design. The skewed iron helps keep the plane tight against the bed and fence of your shooting board, and the result is increased accuracy and less tear-out.
One thing I appreciate about this tool are the many adjustable features – you can dial it in to suit your work. The throat is fully adjustable, the lock is easy to use and the Norris-style adjuster makes it a breeze to set the iron parallel to the mouth. Well-placed set screws keep the iron in proper adjustment relative to the plane body.
The handle is also adjustable, so you can use the plane both in a chute or as a jointer plane. That’s a great feature – though I would prefer the handle to be a little less blocky; I like to grip curves.
The Veritas shooting plane is available in both left- and right-handed versions. If you need a tool that can shoot your saw cuts to perfection, it’s an excellent choice.
Video: Watch Chuck Bender take the Veritas Shooting Plane for a test drive. Coming soon
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