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post #1 of 5 Old 05-08-2015, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Veritas Variable Angle Fence

I purchased the Veritas Variable Angle Fence and installed it on my Lie Nielsen low angle jack plane.

I see a couple of problems with the fence.
It will not open up to 135 because the fence hits the hinge, also I found that when I put a square on the sole of the plane to set the fence to 90, I noticed that the fence is not flat. The center ribs are higher than the edge ribs.

I am going to contact Lee Valley but I don't think that returning for another will be any better. This is a design and manufacturing problem.

I had a similar problem with their magnetic jointer fence. The first one was missing the magnets so I returned it for another one. The second one had the magnets sticking out too far and the fence wouldn't sit square to the sole of my plane.,41182

Anyone else have any experience with these products?
I love their stuff but I'm not having luck with these fences.
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I've had the old unajustable one for years and never had a problem. But then I've never used it.
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Never understood the need for a fence on a hand plane.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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A fence on a jointer plane will allow a cut in an awkward spot or one longer than your stride. It also takes some of the fiddlyness out of edge work.
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I've tried to learn to do the work without a fence, but there are certainly times having one would be easier. I've got to be honest, though, I don't think I'd probably buy one. I'd cut a rabbet into a piece of hardwood, and either put rare earth magnets in the rabbet to hold it to a metal plane, or use C clamps to mount it to a wooden-bodied plane. There are a lot of things I'd buy (and have bought!) without question, but this is a case where I feel like home-made is likely to be a lot cheaper and possibly more reliable.
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