I've been pondering buying a shoulder plane for some time, after seeing the really nice Clifton #410 shoulder plane that Garrett Hack used here at a demonstration, I put it high up on my list of tools to get. With my moving slowly along Genkan Bench project, I want to use mortise and tenon joints, and I saw how well this kind of tool can make that kind of joint really nice and tight.
After talking to several people about this, I decided on the Veritas Medium Shoulder Plane I had the idea that the bang for the buck is high on this plane, and I think I was right
Right out of the box it makes great cuts, which will only improve with more sharpening of the blade, but man is it nice, and it falls to the hand so very nicely, I had no problem holding it and using it, it is very well made for sure
I've also been thinking about getting a new plane, a 4 1/2 I'm really looking hard at the Lie-Nielsen, but it is pricey, to hold me over for a while, I thought I'd get a new blade for my regular #4 smoother, as the blade I have, is just about used up, and I cannot get it to keep a sharp edge. I got a new Veritas blade for the #4 (it also fits the #5) boy oh boy did it change the plane, man does it work well! I may be able to push my purchase of the #4 1/2 back a bit yet
I also got a new blade for my regular angle block plane, again, what change the blade is just a touch long. If I put the blade in the first groove, even with the blade pulled back as far as possible, it is just a touch too long, if it is in the second position, it is again not quite right, one good sharpening, from a #220 stone will most likely cure this. You can see the shaving from the block plane is a bit thick.
I'm sure glad I spent the money on these replacement blades, I think I might even get one for one of my #5 planes, and while they can use some sharpening, really polishing, they are really sharp right out of the box.
Oh, btw, I put my order in on the 12th of January, today is the 15th, and I already have my tools, WOW is that fast, and I used the "UPS Express 5-6 Days to Major Centers"
Yep, I'm a happy guy right now!