I have not seen too many reviews of the Veritas Large Shoulder plane. Does
anyone know where there are reviews on it other than Popular Woodworking?
I have the medium shoulder plane and the bullnose from Veritas. Love the
shoulder plane, have not effectively used the bullnose yet. Because of
that, I am looking for opinions of which to ask for: The large shoulder
plane or a set of the new Veritas spokeshaves. I have a spokeshave that I
use on occasion. I am always using the medium shoulder plane, but there are
times I "think" I would like to have the mass and size of a larger one.
However, the spokeshaves would add some versitility that I don't have right
now. What say you?
I also have the medium shoulder plane and find it to be extremely versatile.
In fact, unless you're planing to make some particularly deep tenons (>
0.75") you won't have much need for the large one, IMO.
I have the Veritas low-angle spokeshave as well as the set of 3
wooden-handled ones. They are all wonderful tools, and as you say, will
give you a lot of versatility. I'm not sure if you know it, but you missed
the chance to get the 3 for $150. I think now you'll have to shell out
$205. Even at that price they are worth it. That being said, you might
want to just get the one you feel you need at the moment and then get the
rest as you need them.
I am not sure I really need the large one based on all the things said here
and in the reviews. To trim the tenons now I use the medium shoulder and
the low angle block. It works fine, I just thought that I would cover more
area with the large and cut the end grain with more ease, but I would still
use the block anyway, so maybe its not worth it right now.
The spokeshaves. I have a standard Record flat bottomed one I have tuned.
It works OK for the amount I have used it. Not sure how much use I would
put a round one and I don't feel I should just replace the flat one. I saw
the deal on the 3 spokeshaves when I was at AWF in Atlanta. Couldn't really
justify it at that time and maybe that still applies.
Well, as the owner of both, the similarity between the standard Record and
the Veritas low-angle ends with the word "spokeshave." Kids have more push
than control, and yet they can easily master the Veritas, where the Record,
sharpened and fettled by the same hand, continues to skitter, grab, and
mystify them. I own two, so that I don't have to switch between curved and
flat as I'm at the bench, carving, though you get both convex and flat
capability on the same item.
Put that low-angle on your Christmas list and you'll start using a
spokeshave on a lot more things.
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