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Combination Plane

Combination Plane

Originally created to replace stacks of wooden-bodied molding and joinery planes, combination planes are defined by their flexibility. Stanley boasted that their #45 was seven planes in one. And, although the Stanley #45 remains a beautiful example of ornate Victorian metalwork, it is nevertheless not the easiest plane to set up or use. Despite its historical shortcomings, a combination plane is favored by those who prefer a quieter workshop experience.

Invaluable for restoration work, it is also an ideal choice for times when you need to make a short run of custom molding. It is for those reasons that Veritas resolved to refine the Stanley #45 into a combination plane that is precisely machined, easy to adjust and holds settings securely – all features that, together with the improved blade technology, also make it fully reliable in use.

The Veritas Combination Plane is the result of four years of research and development. The redesign of the combination plane incorporates ductile cast iron plane bodies that are produced using the shell mold casting process. As compared to sand casting, this process yields better detail and dimensional accuracy, superior surface finish and improved machining qualities.

VERITAS Combination Plane

While combination planes are defined by their flexibility, they are not complex to use and are often faster to set up than a machine for one-off work.

The Veritas combination plane was designed from the ground up to eliminate problems that made the original Record and Stanley planes frustrating to use. It is precisely machined, quick to adjust and holds settings securely, making it reliable in use. With straight cutters used in conjunction with the fence, it can tackle fundamental joinery such as rabbets, tongues and grooves, and with the addition of a shop-made batten, the plane can also be used to cut through-dadoes.

The two-part design of the plane, with a main body and a separate sliding section, lets you accommodate blades of different shapes and sizes to make cuts ranging from grooves as narrow as 3.2 mm (1/8 inch) up to 25.4 mm (1 inch) wide rabbets. To prevent tear-out in cross-grain work, adjustable scoring spurs on both the main body and sliding section define the edges of the cut ahead of the blade.

The sliding section adds stability and support to the blade, and clamps securely in place on stainless-steel rods. The fence can be positioned on either side of the plane, allowing you to configure the plane for left- or right-hand use to suit your dominant hand or accommodate grain direction.

Two pairs of rods are included, 127 mm (5 inch) and 203 mm (8 inch) long, letting you make cuts reaching up to 127 mm (5 inch) from the edge of the workpiece. After locking the fence in place, you can fine-tune the position of the torrefied maple face with a micro-adjust thumbscrew. The depth stops on the body and sliding section also have threaded adjustment, making set-up faster and more precise.

A 6.35 mm (1/4 inch) straight blade is included with the plane, and a selection of blades for grooving, rabbetting, beading, reeding, and fluting are available separately. The 45° blade bed can also hold any of the right-hand blades for the Veritas small plow plane. The position of the blade adjuster prevents left-hand-only blades (1/8 inch to 3/8 inch and 4 mm to 10 mm) from being used in this plane; however, the reversible fence lets you use the right-hand blades for both right-hand and left-hand cuts.

In addition to the Veritas cutters, it also accepts Record 405 and Stanley 45/55 blades. You can use the blades individually or in sequence to create a variety of decorative profiles, from simple to complex, with sizes ranging from furniture edge treatments to architectural details.

A pleasure to use, the plane is 267 mm (10-1/2 inch) long and weighs 1.8 kg. Made of stress-relieved ductile iron components with brass fittings and a torrefied maple tote.

Instructions (PDF)

Made in Canada

VERITAS Combination Plane
with 1/4 inch A2 blade
Code 325540CartPrice € 399.00
Rabbet profile
Rabbet profile Blade · PM-V11 Steel
inch mm CodePrice
1 1/16 27
Code 325545CartPrice € 19.80
Beading profile
Beading profile Blades · PM-V11 Steel
inch mm CodePrice
5/16 8
Code 325550CartPrice € 19.95
3/8 9.5
Code 325551CartPrice € 19.95
7/16 11.1
Code 325552CartPrice € 21.50
1/2 12.7
Code 325553CartPrice € 21.50
Reeding profile
Reeding profile Blades · PM-V11 Steel
inch mm CodePrice
1/8 3.2 Two-Reed Blade
Code 325556CartPrice € 19.95
1/8 3.2 Three-Reed Blade
Code 325557CartPrice € 21.90
1/8 3.2 Four-Reed Blade
Code 325558CartPrice € 23.50
3/16 4.8 Two-Reed Blade
Code 325559CartPrice € 21.90
3/16 4.8 Three-Reed Blade
Code 325560CartPrice € 23.50
3/16 4.8 Four-Reed Blade
Code 325561CartPrice € 25.50
1/4 6.35 Two-Reed Blade
Code 325562CartPrice € 21.90
1/4 6.35 Three-Reed Blade Currently not in stock!
Code 325563Cart Price € 23.50
Fluting profile
Fluting profile Blades · PM-V11 Steel
inch mm CodePrice
3/16 4.8 Currently not in stock!
Code 325566Cart Price € 19.95
1/4 6.35
Code 325567CartPrice € 19.95
3/8 9.5
Code 325568CartPrice € 21.50
1/2 12.7
Code 325569CartPrice € 21.50
Standard Blades · A2 Steel
inch mm CodePrice
1/8 3.175 Currently not in stock!
Code 307701Cart Price € 19.50
3/16 4.762
Code 307702CartPrice € 19.50
1/4 6.35
Code 307703CartPrice € 19.50
Note: 1/4 inch blade comes with plane!
5/16 7.938
Code 307704CartPrice € 19.50
3/8 9.525 Currently not in stock!
Code 307705Cart Price € 19.50
Standard Blades · A2 Steel in mm
Width mm CodePrice
4 Currently not in stock!
Code 307707Cart Price € 19.95
5 Currently not in stock!
Code 307708Cart Price € 19.95
6 Currently not in stock!
Code 307709Cart Price € 19.95
Code 307710CartPrice € 19.95
Code 307711CartPrice € 19.95
Code 307712CartPrice € 19.95
Wide Cutting Blades · A2 Steel
inch mm CodePrice
7/16 11.11 Currently not in stock!
Code 308888Cart Price € 17.50
1/2 12.7 Currently not in stock!
Code 308889Cart Price € 17.50
9/16 14.28
Code 308890CartPrice € 17.50
5/8 15.87 Currently not in stock!
Code 308891Cart Price € 17.90
11/16 17.38 Currently not in stock!
Code 308892Cart Price € 18.50
3/4 19.05
Code 308893CartPrice € 18.50
Wide Cutting Blades · A2 Steel in mm
Width mm CodePrice
Code 308894CartPrice € 19.50
16 Currently not in stock!
Code 308895Cart Price € 19.90
18 Currently not in stock!
Code 308896Cart Price € 19.90
Tongue-Cutting Blades · A2 Steel
inch mm CodePrice
1/8 3.175 Currently not in stock!
Code 308882Cart Price € 24.50
3/16 4.762 Currently not in stock!
Code 308883Cart Price € 26.50
1/4 6.35 Currently not in stock!
Code 308884Cart Price € 27.50
Tongue-Cutting Blades · A2 in mm
Width mm CodePrice
4 Currently not in stock!
Code 308885Cart Price € 24.50
5 Currently not in stock!
Code 308886Cart Price € 27.50
Code 308887CartPrice € 27.50
Right Hander Beading Blades · PM-V11 Steel
inch mm CodePrice
1/8 3.18
Code 325510CartPrice € 24.50
3/16 4.76
Code 325511CartPrice € 25.50
1/4 6.35
Code 325512CartPrice € 26.50
Box for Combination Plane

This storage box provides a place to keep the assembled plane, the second pair of fence rods and up to two blade boxes. Slots in the sides of the box base act as rests for the fence rods, holding the plane upright. The top of the box fits into channels in the box base, locking the plane in position as well as securing other contents. Made in Canada from Baltic birch plywood, the box is about 368 x 127 x 229 mm (14-1/2 x 5 x 9 inches) and has hand-holds on either end.
Weight 2.6 kg
Plywood thickness 19 mm
Made in Canada.
How to open the Box

Code 325575CartPrice € 52.90
Blade Box

This blade box holds the blades for the combination plane or small plow plane, displaying them edge up so you can easily pick the one you need. Made of Baltic birch plywood, it holds blades side by side in two 152 mm (6 inch) long rows. Because the width of the blades determines how many fit in the box, the number of blades you can store depends on which blades you own. However, all the new blades for the combination plane (the four large beading blades, the four fluting blades, the eight reeding blades, and the rabbetting blade) fit in one box; a second box holds all the blades for the small plow plane, including blades that require the wide-blade conversion kit. A cover protects the blades when not in use.
Made in Canada.

Code 325576CartPrice € 16.90
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