Jul 13 2014
Hands down, My favorite plane on a shooting board is a Low Angle Jack Plane.
It isn’t that I don’t like the Shooting Board Planes, such as the Lie-Nielsen LN-51 or the Veritas Shooting Plane, because I feel they have specific strengths and forte’s on the shooting board. But the LA Jack has so much going in it’s favor, it is hard not to love it on the shooting board. Just to make the LA Jack easier to love even more on a shooting board, We now offer a Chute-Style Shooting board for the Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane.
Some of the cool things about LA Jacks on the shooting board is that it has heft, much like the LN-51 and Veritas SP, but it is also ambidextrous, which makes it a great choice for woodworkers who favor either the right or left hand.
When shooting moldings, The LA Jacks excel, because since you’ll have to shoot each side of any molding in situ, the LA Jack is easy to use in a twin-chute, left and right shooting board, and all that is needed is to flip it over from side to side as you use it in each respective chute.
The other great thing about the LA Jack is how it handles in the cut. It is not a skewed blade, but it is presented to the cut at 37 degrees. The low angle cuts end grain easier and leaves a smoother finish.
It doesn’t stop there. LA Jacks are affordable planes that are veritable workhorses in the woodworking shop. It doesn’t matter if you favor hand tools or work wood in a hybrid way with power tools, this is a plane that can bring it for anyone. Depending on the blade you install, this plane is capable of being used as a traditional jack plane, a short jointer, even a panel smoother. Shooting Board Plane is just another job description on it’s resume.
With high bevel angle blades installed such as a 38 or 50 degree blade, and the adjustable width mouth, this plane can approach difficult grain at York Pitch or higher and reduce or eliminate tearout with as much as a 62 degree final angle.
No other hand plane in the shop has as much versatility. No plane is be all end all, but this is a plane that is useful and can earn it’s keep in any shop.
Veritas takes the LA Jack plane two steps further. First, instead of running a common 2-inch blade width like the #4 smoother and #5 jack planes, they step to the 2-1/4 inch wide iron, commonly found in the #6 try and #7 jointer planes. On the shooting board this will provide the reach to shoot 8/4 boards.
Second, and this is a real game changer, is the new steel alloy from Veritas: PM-V11®. This same model blade interchanges in several Veritas planes, sharpens slightly faster than A2 Steel, cuts almost as nice as O1 steel, and the sharpness lasts around three-plus times longer than A2. In the shooting board, this means you could shoot boards all day without needing to sharpen.
Now we offer our shooting boards, allowing the Veritas LA Jack to ride in an enclosed “Chute” just like the Veritas Shooting Plane. The added bonus is, the Veritas LA Jack does not know if it is left or right handed, because it is both handed and then some! Just use it as you see fit!
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