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A Low-Angle and So Much More…

What you see here is the Veritas Low-Angle Block plane-yet so much more. To start off I replaced the standard blade with a heavy-duty 1/8″ thick, 50 degree iron. To that I added a secondary bevel bringin’ this little baby just under 55 degrees! Amazing!

That’s somewhere in the ‘York Pitch Ballpark” (Galoot, Galoot)

“But wait there’s more…much more!”

From there I added these incredible ‘after-market’ style wooden front knob and rear tote. Incredible! These elements combined with it’s adjustable front mouth and we have ourselves a plane to be reckoned with. It kind of morphed into a quazy-miniature smoothing plane somewhere in the #3 range, if we were talking Bench planes…I use this when all my other planes fail, difficult grain and tear out be damned!

“And that’s not all!”

Flip this thing back into the low-angle block and you can remove the front shoe and add a chamfer guide.
“Stop it! You’re killing me!”
Seriously folks, this is one crazy-little doggy of a hand plane, with so many accessories it’s enough to drive you wild…So you say, how does it perform as the low-angle block plane it was designed as?
I can’t say really, I haven’t put down my low-angle Lie-Nielsen Bronze long enough too find out!


  1. Posted by ben fleis on Nov 13th, 2008

    Did you fashion these “after market” bits yourself, or were they adapted from something else?


  2. Posted by tom on Dec 5th, 2008

    Thanks for the question and sorry this response took me so long…Been a bit like a rat in a maze this past few weeks. To answer your question, all of the ‘extra items’ are off the shelf accessories available through Lee Valley Tools.

  3. Posted by geoff on Jun 30th, 2013

    Lol: Interesting site! You have a myriad of information that is being stored for my use –
    I just recently downsized to hand tools (with a radial drill press & bandsaw still lurking in
    my garage with my original bench) and am considering between 2 bevel up planes by
    Lee Valley. One, that you tout as versatile (the Veritas low angle block plane & the other
    the newer Veritas Small BUPlane. To me, this plane makes a lot of sense, say in stark
    comparison with the tote shape to that of the next size up BUPlane. Also, the size & all
    in in comparison w/ the block plane & totes seem to me, (and I have been wrong before)
    to be the right size for a guy that has a number of Stanley block planes. Have you used this model? If so, what is your opinion of it – If you can answer before Lee Valleys free
    shipping event is over I really will appreciate it – Thanx & keep up the good work – it is
    by all of the signs, appreciated by all viewers.

  4. Posted by tom on Jul 12th, 2013

    thanks for the comment. Sorry I didn’t make the Lee Valley free shipping event; I’ve been on the road for the last few weeks and was away from civilization! ;D
    If you’re asking if I’ve used the newer Veritas small bevel up smoothing plane then yes, I have and I like it. I like all of the bevel up planes. They’re easy to set up and maintain and I find them all rather comfortable for my hands.
    Hope that helps-

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