One of the stand out hand tools of recent years was Veritas’s release of their plough plane. It’s the perfect tool for cutting grooves in all sorts of parts. However, it tended to be just a tad too large for small projects like boxes. With that in mind, Veritas just released their small Box Maker’s Plough Plane, shown here.
The box maker’s plough plane, which resembles a vintage record 043, comes in both right and left handed versions. The key features of this little guy are the short fence and narrow blade (it comes with a 1/4“, but 1/8“ and 3/8“, are available as well). These, combined with it’s small stature, makes it work well for cutting grooves on small parts. The fence is adjusted with a pair of Allen wrenches, although it would be easier with knurled knobs. However, the small size of the plane make that impossible. The blade is held in with two thumbs screws—one on the lever cap, and one to hold the blade tight to the body.
While the plane works great for small grooves, it also does well creating small profiles. Swapping the blade for a small bead cutter, you can quickly add decoration to the edges of the work pieces. You can see the 1/8“ bead cutter above. As with all Vertitas brand tools, it’s available from LeeValley.com
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