Veritas' jointer plane is low angle, whereas the Lie-Nielsen is not. Can
someone tell me which one is better under which circumstances?
I'd like to buy the Veritas because it is cheaper, but I don't want to make
Personal preference. If you're cheap, get the Veritas. I've a couple of
theirs, and I like 'em fine. The bevel up design makes for more knuckle
clearance if you're a ham-handed type like me. LNs are a work of art as
well as a working plane, so if you like really pretty, spend some more.
To my eyes the Veritas handtools have a form-follows-function industrial
chic thing going on. I think they look just fine.
To the original poster...the totes on the two are a bit different, so
one might fit the hande better than the other. They have different
adjuster styles, some people prefer one over the other.
Yeah, I dig 'em too. The LNs are maybe just a little too pretty for
me. Plus, I like the idea that Lee Valley is trying new things. Like
the repeatable throat setting on the bullnose plane - it's just a
better plane because of it.
I like the way LV takes many of the old plane patterns they reproduce
and makes changes that cause them to fit the hand better, be easier to
adjust, or both, while retaining much of the "industrial chic" look.
Compare the LV planes to the Stanley and Miller Falls and others that
serve as the base pattern, and look closely. Most of the LV planes
have significant improvements (also in materials, but that's largely a
function of more modern metallurgy).
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