Though classic Stanley No. 1 planes are scarce and really pricey, sufficient of them exhibit indicators of wear and tear to counsel that these little planes have been well-used instruments and never novelties. Veritas’s newly launched model continues the custom, however with a bevel-up configuration to assist with duties that profit from the aircraft’s small footprint.
Very similar to a block aircraft, the Veritas No. 1 excels the place its small sole permits for finesse and management in becoming, sizing, and shaping smaller elements. Duties like chamfering or rounding over edges, fine-tuning miters, or fine-tuning the reveal on doorways and drawers turn out to be simpler. The aircraft has a sole 5-3⁄16 in. lengthy and 1-25⁄32 in. vast. The blade, 1-7⁄32 in. vast, is offered in 01 or PM-V11 metal. The mattress angle is 15°.
Like a block aircraft, the No. 1 could be held with one or two fingers. However as a result of it’s taller than a block aircraft, it’s simpler to carry and management. (Compared, I discover my unique Stanley No. 1 troublesome to know.) Any bevel-up aircraft has some great benefits of having fewer elements (no chip breaker or frog) and ease of fixing the bevel angle. However the No. 1 advantages particularly from the additional finger area offered by the low-profile blade and absence of a frog.
Additionally, not like the Stanley model, whose mouth is inconvenient to change, the Veritas has a moveable shoe in entrance of the blade, which makes adjusting the mouth a snap. The shoe is moved by loosening and tightening the entrance knob. A mouth-adjustment screw regulates the positioning of the shoe and prevents it from placing the blade.
Blade adjustment can also be handy. The Norris-style adjuster strikes the blade each vertically and laterally, though I want light faucets with a small hammer for exact lateral settings.
Picture: Barry NM Dima
From Tremendous Woodworking #292