Due to its versatility, the #4 smooth plane is the most commonly used bench plane. It is the ideal size for general smoothing, finish work, trimming parts and other odd jobs. It has enough mass to cut smoothly but is light enough to use without fatigue.
Like all Veritas bench planes, the #4 smooth 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 241 x 63.5mm 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 50.8mm wide lapped blade is a full 3.2mm thick, made in A2 tool steel.