Lee Valley just announced a new line of Veritas detail rabbet planes, which are now available in 5 sizes. These very slender planes ( Lee Valley describes them as pocket-sized), can be used for fine controlled and precice cuts that typically call for a chisel, such as when cleaning dados or grooves.
Each plane has a one-piece machined and ground ductile cast iron body with a fixed mouth and 3″ long sole. With the planes’ bed angle of 15°, and the blades beveled at 30°, the resulting cutting angle is 45°. A one-piece polished brass tongue and palm rest holds the full-width blade in place, and gives the planes’ a modern sleek look.
These planes are available in 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″, 6mm, 8mm, and 10mm sizes. Note that there are a total of 5 sizes, with the 5/16″ and 8mm designations refering to the same plane.
Lee Valley is offering an introductory discount on sets of planes until March 25th. Either set of 3 imperial or 3 metric planes is $149 with a regular price of $169, and the set of all 5 planes is $239, will a regularl price of $279.
Individual planes are priced at $65, and replacement blades are $9.75 each. These detail rabbet planes are made in Canada.