On my list of remaining tools to buy are some planes. I've been mainly a normite up until now, but inheirited a jackplane which has gotten me interested in hand tools. So much so, I bought a tormek which has made all the difference in the world for my chisels. After watching Roy Underhill and much thought, I've decided to add a few specialty planes to the collection.
So I guess I have two questions. What planes would you recommend, and who is a good source for specialty planes, since I can't seem to find any online?
For example, I think I need a smoothing plane, spoke shave, and a cabinet scraper. I think I could probably pass on the planes designed for smoothing rough lumber since I'm most likely to use the jointer and planer, then switch to the planes for finer work. Basically, I'd like to avoid sanding while using planes in situations where it's not much slower than setting up a machine. For example, using a jointer plane to edge-joint two boards. I'm also liking the veritas shoulder planes.
For the specialty planes, I see lee valley has a router plane that looks nice. I'd like to find a good (and probably expensive) combination plane. I can see cutting grooves in rails shaker style rails and styles with this rather than setting up the router. Maybe a plough plane. Something for making dados, or even sliding dovetails. A bunch of planes for making details like beads and coves, although the combination could probably do this. Then roy was demonstrating a matched set of tongue and groove planes. Anyway, where do I get this stuff? Who still makes them?