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VERITAS Low Angle Jack Plane with Blade 57 mm wide

Low Angle Jack Plane
The Veritas low-angle jack plane is an exceptionally versatile plane. It excels at end grain work, is great for shooting, and also works well for smoothing. With the optional high-angle blade, it is also the answer for working difficult grain, making it a well-rounded workhorse.
Low Angle Jack Plane

Veritas designated it as a 62-1/2 because of its generous size, heavier weight, low center of gravity and radically set-back mouth. The plane is 381 mm (15 inch) long and weighs in at 2700 g (6 lb). You will appreciate the way this plane, with a toe that is one-third the length of the sole, registers to the work piece, and the authority it provides when planing. This is a "bevel-up" plane, with a 12° bed angle similar to a low-angle block plane. The 57 mm (2-1/4 inch) wide blade is 4.8 mm (3/16 inch = 0.187 inch) thick and made of A2 tool steel hardened to Rc60-62.

The body is fully stress-relieved, ductile cast iron. It is accurately machined so that the sole is flat and the sides are square to the sole. The sheer mass of the plane, combined with the large side wings, makes it both more stable and more effective than its predecessors. The specially shaped lever cap, together with the machined thumb recess on either side of the body, provides both comfort and excellent control when shooting.

Blade setting and use: same as low angle smooth plane.

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