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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.
http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/pag...08&cat=51&ap=1

I see a couple of problems with the fence.
It will not open up to 135į 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 90į, 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.
http://www.leevalley.com/US/Wood/pag...16&cat=1,41182

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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