Veritas Veritas Plunge Base for Rotary Tool

 I moved my earlier writeup to this spot.

I needed to cut some 1/32" grooves for stringing on legs of a federal style piece.  This involves curves at the top and bottoms, and I was seeking a radius cutter shown in an article, which I never found.  I have the Dremel plunge base for the rotary tool, but it is a disappointment, being too flimsy and creating much angst in use.   In researching, I looked into the Stewmac plunge base, and the Veritas device.  I decided on the Veritas for several reasons; one being bang for buck - the Veritas set includes accessories to enable many more functions, for about the same price as the basic Stewmac base and edge guide - $199.  

The base is very sturdy aluminum with zero sloppiness in the plunge function.  The fence attaches to the base with very nice knurled screws (all the screws are nicely knurled; I like that).  Once the lower piece is attached, the screws visible facing you in the photo can be removed and replaced with a pair with half-round heads (visible in the box) for following an outside curve.  There is a 1/4" pin for a center for circle routing, as well as a sharp pin.  The aluminum disc is a pivot that can be attached to the workpiece with double face tape when the surface cannot be subjected to damage.  All these fit into a hole in the triangular adapter shown in the box.  

Now that I have used it for the cellarette, I like it even better.  It is rock solid.  I was using some 1 mm carbide bits for the 1/32" stringing, which are really brittle - I broke 3, but had purchased a pack of 10 - and any sloppiness would have resulted in a lot of breaks.

Note that I had a problem; a tiny retaining ring on the adjustment screw on the precision adjuster was missing, thus it would only move in one direction.  An email to Lee Valley and I had the ring by Fed Ex in 2 days.

 This is one of those instances where a new tool is like Christmas for a 6 year old. 

Carey Mitchell

damn i wish i had seen this before i bought the stew mac. the stew mac is very well made but this seems more versatile.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Great write up! Seems like an excellent way to put in details and stringing. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".


I bought one on your recommendation.  Tested it and it went well. The tricky part is turning it off when the Dremel is on and plunged.  Unless you have a better way?

So far I like it alot!


Petey, look for a foot operated power switch.

Nice write up Cary, appreciate the info on how the accessories make each kind of task easier!
Foot switch is a great idea Splint

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".