Veritas Detail Palm Planes
Wednesday 20 June 2012
These pocket size palm planes from Veritas achieve accurate results in all the tight places
I first discovered these little palm planes at a Talking Tools event in March 2011 as prototype resin models. Anyone who is serious about using hand tools will naturally have a keen interest in their development and that's what captured my attention.
The set comprises four different sole profiles: flat, concave, convex
and double convex. Each has a 1.5mm thick A2 blade with a 30° bevel.
Blade protrusion is hand-fed and locked off with a brass screw set into the investment-cast steel body. The bed is ground to 45° and flat enough to offer a firm seat for the blade. Make no mistake, these are precision instruments and the craftsmanship extends to the bubinga handle that is adjustable in length to suit hands large and small.
My first impression was that the long stem would distance the amount of control required for delicate work, but this is not the case. The geometry is perfect and all the necessary force is channelled directly through the tool allowing complete control without juddering. I treated the flat blade to a few gentle strokes across some lapping films before using and was really quite happy with the results.
The shaped blades present you with more of a challenge to sharpen but the steel will hold a good edge for a long time.