I bought one of the new Veritas bevel-down planes to get familiar with its parts – I’m quite sure I’m going to see a lot of these planes at woodworking schools and in the hands of students in the coming months.
Overall, it’s a great plane, and I have a full review coming up shortly in Popular Woodworking Magazine. One of the little difficulties I had with the plane at first was getting the cap iron position dialed in where I wanted. I followed the tool’s instructions to the letter, and I think that was what was giving me fits.
The cap iron and blade are held together via a “blade carrier,” a clever gizmo that uses two screws. One screw affixes the blade carrier to the blade. The second screw secures the cap iron to the blade carrier.
It sounds more complicated than it really is.
The basic problem was the instructions say to secure the blade carrier’s position before securing the cap iron. When I did that, the cap iron would creep all over the place when I moved the cap screw.
If you reverse the process – secure the cap iron and then the blade carrier – things work much better.
I didn’t think so. Because there are so many new parts to this tool I made a short video that explains the parts and how to make them play nice together.
— Christopher Schwarz