Getting Started with the Box Maker's Plow Plane
The Veritas Box-Maker’s Plow Plane is just the right size for cutting grooves to fit drawer and box bottoms in small-scale work. It can also cut rabbets and small decorative beads.
What should I do first?
Disassemble the plane by removing the fence and guide rods. Clean all machined surfaces with a rag dampened in solvent/degreaser. The rust preventative you’ve removed should be replaced with a silicone-free surface treatment such as Boeshield T-9 or Veritas Tool Wax. Put some on the guide rods as well to ensure the components slide smoothly.
How do I sharpen the blades?
Begin by polishing the back, working your way up to your finest stone. Often, this is enough to get going, especially in softwoods. For straight blades, we recommend a honing guide because of the consistency it provides, and it makes working such short blades much easier. Beading blades are trickier; use a progression of slip stones. Keep a light touch to avoid altering the blade’s shape.
To install a blade, back off on the blade guide knob and install the blade bevel down on the bed. Because this plane lacks a depth adjustment, you can use a thin shim (such as a playing card or three sticky notes) under the toe of the skate to help set the blade projection. Gently tighten the blade guide knob, which ensures the blade side is registered against the machined side of the bed. Tighten the lever cap screw. Finger-tight is sufficient.
How do I set the fence?
Loosen the fence locking screws with the 1/8" hex key and slide the fence until the distance from the face of the sub-fence to the edge of the blade is the required dimension. For rabbetting, the blade is recessed within the sub-fence pocket. Retighten the locking screws.
How do I set the depth stop?
For plowing grooves or rabbeting, you’ll need to set the depth stop to a specific measurement. You can use a ruler, but it’s much easier if you have something with a stop that registers on the skate, such as a combination square.
Now it’s time to put your plane to work. In our next tutorial, we’ll cover the body mechanics and techniques for making clean, accurate cuts.
Discover More About the Veritas Boxmaker's Plow Plane
Powder-Free Vinyl Gloves
(Box of 100)
Concentrated Citrus Cleaner
Veritas Tool Wax
Boeshield T-9 Protectant and Lubricant
Bester/Imanishi Ceramic Water Stones
Veritas Side-Clamping Honing Guide
Water Stone Holder
Traditional Water Slip Stones
Precision Double Square
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