I yielded to temptation and bought myself one of those new Veritas
shoulder planes that people have been talking about so much here on the
wreck. It's the first shoulder plane I've ever owned, so I don't really
have much to compare it to in the way of giving a review.
I tried it out for the first time and found I had a lot of trouble
getting the cutting depth adjusted right. I opened up the throat,
loosened the lever cap screw, and backed the adjuster out to get past
the backlash zone. I then carefully ran it forward until I was getting
just beautiful wispy shavings.
The problem came in when I tightened the cap screw again. Every time I
have it adjusted just perfectly, when I tighten the cap screw, the depth
of cut increases significantly. I go from barely touching the surface
to taking off a 0.005" (by dial caliper) shaving when I snug the cap
screw up 1/4 turn. Is this normal with a plane of this sort? Am I
doing something wrong? Am I just expecting too much from the tool?