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Thread: which shoulder plan?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Oliver Springs, TN

    which shoulder plan?

    I've decided to try and stimulate the economy in a small way. The last couple of times that I have made mortise and tenon joints I used chisels to trim the tenons to better fit. Each time I wished I would have had a shoulder plane. Well, I've decided to get me one. I'm leaning toward a veritas, but which one to get. Would you go with the medium or large plane? Should I get the A1 or O2 steel?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    I have the LN large one, and the Veritas medium one. I find that I use the Veritas one about three times as much as the big LN.

    When I bought my Veritas (when they first came available) the only blade was O-1. I've never had reason to complain. It sharpens (relatively) easily, and holds its edge well.
    Jim D.
    Adapt, Improvise, Overcome!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Villa Park, CA
    Yep, get the LV (Veritas) medium shoulder plane. Great product.

    I think mine has the A2 steel.

    Ancora imparo
    Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Grew up here in south Ms...the "Pinebelt"

    med vs lg; O1 vs A2

    I've been contemplating a Veritas shoulder plane also except I've been trying to decide between the medium or the small.
    As far as the blades... I have several of Veritas' A2 blades, all at least an 1/8th in thick. As with all of the Veritas tools I've purchased, they are what they say they are. In the case of A2, they are HARD! I believe they can be honed to as keen an edge as an O1 - takes longer but holds it longer as well.
    In the case of a shoulder plane the job may not be as laborious as that of a
    2-1/4" W blade on the Jack plane.
    Something else to consider (now this part is purely my own speculation, ie, I can't bill you for it and you can't hold me to it - lol) seems that my waterstones require more attention after being put through the paces of honing a new A2.

    It has also been my experience @ LV that their advice is on the money more times than not. Their advice is that if this is your 1st shoulder plane the small is a great starter.I would also value your advice so let us know your opinion after the deal is done.
    "Humility is a strange thing, once you think you have it, you have lost it"

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    i use an old 93 more than my others, next used is a 311 then an 073 for bigger stuff.....sometimes the 289 for gnarly tennons that require brute force like figured wood.
    [SIZE="1"] associated with several importers and manufacturers.[/SIZE]

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    St. Louis, MO
    I have a LV medium shoulder plane with the A2 blade. It fits my hands bretter than others because of the additional hole in the body and the adjustable brass knob in the lever. It's a very comfortable plane to use, which is saying a lot for a shoulder plane.
    I like the A2 - takes an edge well and is very durable. I've never used O2. It's a bit softer, easier to sharpen (depending on your method). I use water stones. I do have a high carbon Hock that i like quite a bit as well. My guess is that you'd be happy whichever way you went.
    If you're buying new, i recommend the LV medium. If you're buying used, i'd carefully weigh what you can get for your dollar versus a new plane.
    You might also consider ECE wooden planes - they can be had relatively affordably on the used market and have a great reputation.
    Paul Hubbman

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Central NY State
    Another happy owner of a LV med A2. Can't go wrong with it.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    oswego county , upstate n.y.
    hey john ,

    it seems my opinion is out numbered already but i will toss in my 2 cents anyway... i have a lie neilsen medium with an A-2 blade , i would do it again in a heartbeat
    what are you building today ??


  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    I have the LV medium. I love the way you grip it. Very controllable and easy to finesse.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

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