Can't answer whether an adjustable mouth is a gimmick or not, but the
adjustable mouth is common on some other low angle smoothing and block
planes. The Veritas is different in that it doesn't have an adjuster
on top of the plane to make the adjustment. You loosen it by turning
the knob on top, then adjust it from the underside by sliding it with
your finger. The fit is good, but I advise taking it apart and
smoothing the casting with a fine file. Just lightly, not too much. If
not, I've found that if the casting is rough then the movement is not
smooth. Therefore it sticks and you sometimes accidentally hit the
blade, possibly messing up the edge. This isn't unique to the Veritas.
Most new smoothers (even the Lie Nielsen) may need a little bit of
The sole/adjustable plate relationship will not be altered when you
adjust the mouth. The sole + adjustable plate are always in the same
plane. They stay that way even when flattening the sole.
I've found the Veritas planes to be the best bang-for-the-buck planes
out there. The adjustment is a lot better than the regular Stanley
style like the Lie Nielsens. I have both the Veritas and the Lie
Nielsen. The Lie Nielsen just sits ever since I got the Veritas.
Thanks for the tip on smoothing out the casting a "bit". kinda like
smoothing the threads of the arbor on a new Unisaw. Had I not been
given that little tidbit of info I would have wondered if Delta's
machining tolerances were up to snuff. Fortunately for me, I get great
"pre-sales" advice from good folks like yourself.
You are a lot closer than me to Woodcraft, Dublin. Do you ever shop
there? I've been there twice, but hate to drive 680, which I did for
about 3 1/2 years. Boy do I dislike that freeway. Especially with the
concrete barriers on the left edge of the fast lane during construction.
That's the only lane I know, except when I have to pull to the right
to pass a slow-poke! :)
On Wed, 05 Nov 2003 16:23:34 +0000, Bay Area Dave wrote:
I'm gonna call the doctor that did my vasectomy and find out if his work
is still guaranteed. After all, he told me that if Suzie from accounting
ever tried to claim that something happened after the company picnic, why
- I could just come back to him and he would take my side...
Can I be next - can I, can I?
Christ, if you're going to come back with a "bad monkey"
every time that asshole posts (what was it, 380 last month?)
something, I'm gonna hafta plonk you, too, Keeter, and Doug,
Sylvan, Trent, Charlie. Shit, too many otherwise good people.
Enough already, guys. DFTGDMFT!
-- Friends Don't Let Friends Eat Turkey and Drive --
Now that BAD's bought a sprayer I think "HVLP Dave" would be a more
appropriate handle. In his case it would stand for "High Output -
Buffalo, NY - USA
(Remove "SPAM" from email address to reply)
But C-less, aintcha gonna wind up eventually just readin' yer own
posts, if'n ya keep going this way and ain't that sorta, well -
solipsistic and wouldn't the isolation of the whole thing could make
you as crazy as BAD.
I still like the "Take what you want and stick the rest...er - leave
the rest." approach.
If'n we chase away BAD, we'll have ta break in a new mole to play
'Course we've never lacked for new recruits in this area in the past
but I don't think we've ever had one live this long since Bennett
Leeds passed on into the void.
Thomas J. Watson-Cabinetmaker
Gulph Mills, Pennsylvania
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