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This cast-iron chisel holder from Veritas converts a 1″ beveled edge chisel into a rabbet or shoulder plane. The 1-3/8″ wide by 5-1/2″ long by 2-1/2″ high chisel holder grips the chisel at a 45º angle with a solid brass thumbscrew. Once the chisel is properly seated, you can use it to clean up rabbets, tenons, and hinge recesses or cut 1″ wide grooves and dadoes up to 3/8″ deep.

Made in Canada, the Veritas chisel plane will run you $50 before shipping.

Chisel Plane [Lee Valley]

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Smart woodworkers know that the less you use your tape measure or rule, the fewer mistakes you make. That’s one good reason to use a bar gauge instead. A bar gauge is simply an adjustable length stick, and Veritas makes some hardware that makes it easy to make your own.

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Veritas’ new Bench Blades use a cam that can apply up to 300 lbs of clamping force to keep your latest project from moving around the bench. Fitting into most 3/4″ dog holes, these modified bench dogs only extend 1/4″ above the bench surface so they won’t get in the way of your tools.

The cam lever and the sliding jaw are both made from cast steel and are heat treated. The lever moves the sliding jaw up to 1/4″, and the jaw face is cast so that the upper edge contacts the workpiece before the lower edge to help prevent the workpiece from lifting off the bench.

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Veritas® flush-cutting saws have teeth that are set only on one side of a thin flexible blade. This allows them to trim protruding plugs and dowels without damaging the surface. They cut on the pull stroke.

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I’ve had a Radi-Plane (similar, if not identical to, the picture on the left) for many years*, and found it very handy for easing edges. I recently added — following a “suggestion” from the home project coordinator, a.k.a. my lovely wife — a couple of extra shelves to a cabinet above the oven. I used MDF for the shelves and my Radi-Plane did a great job rounding the edges (and was easier and quicker than digging out the router).

While checking options, I found Benjamen’s post on the Veritas Cornering Tool Set (shown on the right above; $33 for 2 tools with 4 different radii and a sharpening kit), and was wondering how these compare to the Radi-Plane (or the apparent equivalents, Woodstock’s W1100 Slickplane [What’s This?], available for $13, and the Rockler radius plane, available for $22). Has anyone had experience with both? Any other good suggestions for quickly and consistently easing edges?

*15? 20? I found a Radi-Plane reference in the Aug. 1990 issue of American Woodworker [Google Books]. My versions are branded “RADI-PLANE, L.A. Mathers Co., Stockton, Calif.”

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Radius Plane [Rockler]

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Scrapers are great tools for finishing projects or even removing the finish from projects, but if you have a lot of material, scraping can get tiring. Give your thumbs a rest — the Veritas scraper holder both holds the scraper and flexes it just the right amount.

The scraper holder holds any 6″ long scraper with clamping plugs on either side and you can set the amount the scraper bows with the center screw. Veritas makes the scraper body from glass-filled nylon and uses all brass hardware.

The holder comes with a milled-edge, super-hard scraper. Pricing starts at $40 before shipping.

Scraper Holder [Veritas]
Scraper Holder [Lee Valley Tools]
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Veritas’s two new block planes look like sportscars or a speedboats, ready to handle the wind tunnel.  Every woodworker needs a block plane, and a small plane like this is also handy for homeowners, for removing end grain, smoothing over corners, and smaller removal tasks.

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Here’s one for the woodworker who has everything:  a Variable Gang Saw from Veritas.  They sent out the release today, which made me pause and doubt the tool’s reality — but I hope it’s not an April Fools prank because I see dovetails in my future with this tool.

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Dividing Rule

The Veritas dividing rule makes it easy to divide boards into halves, thirds, quarters, all the way up to tenths — it works on boards eight inches wide and smaller.  Change the orientation and it also functions as a marking gauge.

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Veritas Bench Anchors

If you’ve ever wondered why there are a bunch of 3/4″ holes in your workbench, Lee Valley sells one answer. Their patent-pending Veritas bench anchors turn those holes into a good purchase for any 1/2-13 bolt or threaded rod.

The removable and reusable all-steel bench anchors wedge into through-holes 5/8″ or thicker, or into blind holes at least 1-1/4″ deep, giving you 3/8″ of threads in your bench-dog holes to attach jigs or stops to your workbench.

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