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Veritas Small Plow Plane with 1/2-in. cutter and conversion kit installed.

One of my favorite, and most used tools has to be the Small Plow Plane by Veritas. I reach for it on almost every project I make and just recently, Lee Valley has come up with a few new additions to make this already great tool even better.

Veritas has introduced a series of Tongue and Groove blades along with a complete line of large size cutters. Up until this point the sizes ranged from 1/8-in. up to 1/4-in. Great for drawer bottom grooves and small scale cabinet work but this new line extends the range all the way up to 3/4-in. They’re available in A2 tool steel and only took a few seconds to polish and put to work. A simple conversion kit that easily installs on the existing plane make it possible to use this new, larger line of cutting irons.

This past week I’ve been making some moldings for one of the projects in my new book and if you’ve ever made moldings you know that the bulk of the work happens before you ever touch a molding plane. A series of grooves and rabbets are created to remove the bulk of the material before the hollows and rounds refine the profile. Just this morning I used both the new 1/2-in. cutter and then the 1/4-in. T & G to establish the profile on a piece of walnut. Once complete, it was quick and easy to define the shape with my Hollows and Rounds.

The change over from standard plow plane using the conversion kit was quick and easy with excellent results.

Bottom of Plow Plane showing 1/4-in. T & G cutter.

If you’re someone who would rather create your grooves with a hand tool instead of on a router table or table saw, then the Veritas Small Plow Plane, along with this new line of cutting irons will fill all of your grooving needs.

To make the deal even sweeter, Lee Valley is offering a discounted, introductory price until June 18th so get ’em while they’re hot~





  1. Posted by Gary on Jun 6th, 2012

    Hi Tom:

    Thanks for your post. I’ve been considering getting one of these planes myself. Do you have both the left and right handed versions?

    If not, I’m wondering if you’ve encountered any issues in plowing against the grain?

  2. Posted by tom on Jun 7th, 2012

    thanks for the comment. I only have the right hand model. I’ve been using it without a problem for the last 5 or 6 years. Whenever they first came out I bought mine. I’ve thought about getting the left but I find that I can get away with taking a lighter cut and using a freshly sharpened iron for grain/tear out problems. While making these moldings using the 1/4-in. T&G cutter was one of those times. I had to use the tool against the grain but not too bad at all. Nothing I can’t clean up with the molding planes…
    maybe one day I’ll pick up the left hand model but for now, just the one.


  3. Posted by Gary on Jun 7th, 2012

    Tom — Looks like a Veritas plow plane will be on my wish list, especially with the new tongue and groove blades.

    Thanks gain,

  4. Posted by Fred Matas on Jun 14th, 2012

    I got in on the first offer and tried them out this week.,…..absolutely great! They work exactly as advertised. well worth the money.

  5. Posted by James on Jun 24th, 2012

    Hi Tom, quick question. I am thinking of purchasing either a LV router or small plough and am not sure which to start with. Your thoughts?

    I mostly work on small projects and keep going back and forth on which to purchase first. If you could only have one?

  6. Posted by tom on Jun 24th, 2012

    Hey James, thanks for the question. The plow or the router? Both are extremely useful tools and I use them on a daily basis. They do have their own jobs and it would depend on your personal requirements. For drawer bottom grooves and roughing out moldings I reach for the plow while the router is generally for fine tuning joinery, inlay work and finishing off a dado to a consistent depth. I purchased my router first but only because the plow wasn’t available at the time. That was close to 10 years ago! These days I would say I get more use out of my plow plane with the work I do. You can do the job of the router with a chisel but it’s still really handy to have. That said, I wouldn’t want to replace my plow plane with a chisel. Long winded answer but they really are two different animals.
    Think about the jobs they do and decide which one you’d get more use out of. The plow plane now comes with a conversion kit for wider blades as well as tongue and groove work so it’s even more functional than it was. I would bet that what ever one you decide to get first, the other will be soon to follow~; )
    Hope that helps and all the best!

  7. Posted by James on Jun 24th, 2012

    Thanks for the quick reply Tom.

    I am leaning toward the plough as it seems like it will be more versatile. Plus, as you say, it is only be a matter of time before I purchase the router. :)

  8. Posted by John on Sep 6th, 2014

    Is there any significant difference between the LV small plow plane and the LV skew block plane? If so, how are they used differently?

  9. Posted by tom on Sep 6th, 2014

    Hi John,
    thanks for the question.
    For sure, those two are completely different animals.
    The small plow plane is used for cutting grooves, while the skew block plane is for rabbets and/or other edge work. It can also be used for regular block plane tasks as well, end grain, chamfers etc…
    The plow plane is a dedicated tool specific for grooves.
    Hope that helps-

  10. Posted by Joe Eberle on Oct 7th, 2014

    Is it correct that one could use the plow plane to cut a rabbet ?


  11. Posted by tom on Oct 7th, 2014

    Hi Joe,
    thanks for the question.
    While you could ‘technically’ use a plow plane to cut a small rabbet, it isn’t ideal. It’s not as balanced and isn’t designed specifically for the task.
    If you’re wondering if you should get a plow plane or a rabbet- get the plow- while it isn’t the ‘best’ for cutting rabbets, it’s great for grooves.
    The flip side is, a rabbet plane cannot cut grooves- only rabbets!
    It’s a slippery slope!

    best of luck~

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