An excellent plane for the final smoothing of a surface already worked by other planes or a thickness planer. It has the mass needed for an effective smoother.
Like all Veritas bench planes, the #4-1/2 smoothing plane incorporates a frog that extends all the way to the sole. This unique design provides complete blade support, reducing chatter and allows quick mouth adjustment. It can be closed to a narrow slit for fine shavings and minimum tear-out, or opened for heavier cuts, all without removing the lever cap or other parts; just loosen two screws and set the opening with the thumb wheel.
The body is fully stress-relieved ductile cast iron. The surface-ground 254 x 73mm sole is flat and square to the sides, with extra-large side wings for stable shooting. The bubinga front knob and rear tote provide excellent control and comfort. A combined feed and lateral adjustment mechanism make blade setting easy and accurate. The 60.3mm wide lapped blade is a full 3.2mm thick, made of A2 tool steel.