The shoulder plane (a specialized rabbet plane) is the ultimate tool for trimming a joint to a perfect fit. There is no better plane for trimming the shoulder of a tenon to perfection or for rebating work.
The Veritas medium shoulder plane is proportioned for versatility; it measures 178mm long by 17.5mm wide and weighs 900g. The ductile cast iron body is accurately machined and ground so that the sole and sides are flat and square.
If you have ever used or even held a traditional shoulder plane, you will appreciate how this plane comes to hand. The unique lever cap with a pivoting knob lets you adjust the plane to fit your hand and preferred holding style. The concave knob rests in the web of your hand, giving you a secure grip without the need of a vise-like pressure.
The through-hole in the body adds to grip security but has to be experienced to be understood. The plane’s adjustable toe lets you narrow the mouth for very fine shavings with minimum tear-out. The low bed angle of 15° combined with the 25° blade bevel results in a cutting angle of 40° for exceptional endgrain cutting performance. Set screws along the side let you accurately position the blade and require no adjustment when replacing the blade after sharpening. Blades are lapped, 3.2mm thick, and come in PMV-11 tool steel.
Veritas® planes are manufactured from fully stress-relieved ductile cast iron, which is superior to earlier materials as it maintains its dimensions after machining and will take harder knocks without cracking. All machining is done to a high level of accuracy in their own factory. This ensures a precision fit between parts, for fast and accurate adjustment. The sides and soles of all planes are surface ground to a high degree of finish; the soles are flat and the sides are square to the sole. With the exception of the Scraper and Apron planes, the blades are made from 3.2mm thick A2 tool steel, hardened to Rc60-62. The A2 alloy takes a keener edge, is more resistant to chipping and dulls less easily than other plane blades.
Now also available is the PMV-11 tool steel iron for the shoulder plane as an accessory. For more information on why PMV-11 is going to fast become the steel of choice in Veritas planes go to the site they have dedicated to PMV-11.