Plane Premier. Lee Valley's Veritas DX60 Low-Angle Block Plane has innovative features like a sliding mouth-adjustment plate fully enclosed within the tool's sole and tiny set screws to lock in the mouth adjustment and cutter alignment. The 1 3/8-inch-wide A2 iron is more than 1/8 inch thick and sits on a 12-degree bed, providing a low cutting angle of 25 degrees. The tool weighs 28 ounces and sells for $179. A polished nickel-iron version, the Veritas NX60, costs an additional $100. Lee Valley Tools, 800/267-8735.

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