The No. 5¼ was often referred to as a junior jack. At 12" long, it fell between the No.4 smoothing plane at 10" long and the No.5 jack plane at 14" long. This 5¼W varies from the traditional No. 5¼ in numerous ways, most significant are the the 2" wide blade (rather than 1¾") and the mouth is 4½" back from the nose compared with 3½" for the original.
This extra length of sole in front of the blade makes it much easier to cut accurately because the extra-long nose makes it easier to maintain the sole flush to the material at the start of a cut. In fact, the combination of the mouth location and the very sensitive feed adjustment lets this plane serve as a jointer for most cabinet work, just as a No. 5 is used as a jointer.
The No. 5¼W is an ideal complement to the Veritas No.4½ for bench work. Like the No. 4½, it is made from ductile cast iron and has the same adjustable frog with a combined feed and lateral adjust mechanism that is sturdy, yet sensitive and accurate.
The easily adjusted frog is machined to fit snugly in the plane body and eliminates virtually all blade chatter. Because the frog extends right through to the sole, adjusting the frog to narrow the mouth does not reduce blade support as it does in standard planes of this style.
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