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The only complaint I every hear about the Veritas bevel-up planes is that the rear tote isn’t as comfortable as that on an old Stanley or new Lie-Nielsen plane.

If you are one of those people who prefer a curvier tote (and I am one of them), then I have some excellent news for you.

Bill Rittner, who makes nice replacement totes for Stanley planes, is now offering totes and knobs for the Veritas bevel-up planes. I’ve been testing a prototype version on my Veritas Bevel-up Jack plane for several weeks now. And now Rittner is ready to go public.

I bought one of the first sets he made in cherry and put it on my Veritas jack yesterday. It dramatically changes the way the plane feels (and looks). With Rittner’s tote installed, it feels like I’m holding a Lie-Nielsen No. 62 that has a lot more mass. And after a few hours of continuous use yesterday, I’ve decided I prefer Rittner’s tote to the factory original.

The only possible disadvantage Rittner’s tote has to the original is that it is attached to the plane’s body with one bolt instead of two.


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