344 The Plow Plane

January 17, 2009

The small plow plane from Veritas has quickly made it’s way to the top of my list of “favorite tools”.

It’s so easy to use, and like a good “speciality” tool should do, it does its job extremely well. So well in fact I’ve actually wasted time debating whether I should or shouldn’t use it in place of a stacked dado blade or a straight cutting bit on a couple of projects recently!

For those of you not familiar with a plow plane or what it does. A plow plane is used solely for the purpose of cutting grooves along the length of a board (with the long grain). You can cut them on the face or on the edge of a board and as I’ll demonstrate you can even cut them on the ends of a board.

Typically you won’t use a plow plane to cut a dado across the width of a board. The lack of a nicker to score the wood fibers will result in a horribly torn out surface. Of course as I demonstrate today, there are ways around that.

Warning! The sound dips a little in the beginning…playing with a new mic!

Congrats to this week’s schwag winner…Michael Rogers!!
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  1. David says:

    The website looks good Matt. Good job!

  2. Neil says:

    Hi Matt…………….found my way over and re-favorited (is that word???) Looks nice and clean. SUPER!!!!

  3. Neil says:

    Me again…………just finished the plow plane episode and as usual got an excellent intro along with a fewchuckles……I’m with your wife on some of them, but that’s what makes them funny. Matt I did want to emphasize something you mentioned and that is the Handplane Book. I’m not sure how I’m trained but it is not a typical path. My knowledge on handplanes was very limited. On your recommendation at least 18 months ago, I purchased “The Handplane Book”. I found the book to give me a good foundation of knowledge to further investigate handplanes. The text has enabled me to ask questions of handplane users with enough depth to understand and ask further questions. You can’t ask more from a text than the creation of a sound base. THANKS!!! for the recommendation many moons ago.


  4. Shannon says:


    Been working with this plane almost since it came out from Veritas. I love it. One thing I learned over the months of using it and then was reinforced by the Moxon book is that if you start your groove on the far side and work backwards across the board taking progressively longer strokes you will get better results. You won’t have to work so hard to hold the fence in place as you start the groove.


  5. Grant says:

    Groovy show Matt!
    Sorry…..I… like you……just couldn’t resist.


  6. Okay, my turn:

    At first, I was afraid that you were already plowed, but I see now that you’ve approached this with an iron will… (ba dum, bump.) Behind every good man is a good woman… rolling her eyes.

    I’m a died-in-the-wool vintage Stanley user, and I’m proud of it. However, after becoming friends with the Veritas skewed rabbet plane (rebate plane, for our friends across the pond) I’ve become forced to recognize that Robin Lee and his team have in fact improved on many of the Stanley designs and I would have no issue in owning any of their planes. (I’m not sure I can swallow their new “buck rogers” block planes yet. Give me time!)

    Great job, Amigo!

  7. Eremeeff says:

    I have already seen it somethere


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