The Lee Valley (Veritas) Medium Shoulder Plane
I was lucky enough to get the Lee Valley (LV) medium shoulder plane for Christmas this year, and I can say that it is already one of my favorite planes.
I have been surprised at how often I have used it for a variety of tasks. My only other shoulder plane is an old Stanley #90 that I use a lot, but I have found myself using the LV for almost everything now. It “comes to hand” easily and constantly and works very easily. It is 7″ long by 11/16″ wide….seems like a good compromise in size to me.
The plane is great for trimming tenon shoulders, etc or for paring cross-grain as is often required on tenon cheeks. I am doing a lot of mortise and tenon joints right now, and I see to be constantly using this plane.
I find that the Lee Valley planes are less expensive but every bit as good as Lie-Nielsen (LN) planes when it comes to use and functionality, and in some cases the LV planes are better as they tend to include some excellent modern interpretations of the older designs. Having said that, there is something more aesthetically pleasing about the LN planes that just isn’t there in the LV counterparts. LN planes are precision, functional pieces of art…LV planes are precision, functional tools. I love using them both, but somehow get more attached to the Lie-Nielsen tools. Does that make them worth the extra money? I’m not sure.