After some debate and a good deal on Amazon, I bought the shoulder plane and it arrived today. First impression, it’s a nice little plane. The blade came razor sharp, probably the sharpest blade I’ve received out of the box. The sole is flat, but definitely not square to the edges. Also, the blade is slightly smaller than the body of the plane. Corners of the body are sharp where you’d normally hold the plane and I think the bull nose portion of the plane is a bit small for my hands.. I like the weight of plane . This weekend will work on tuning it up and start using as I work on the tenons of the end table. I know this is not a Lie Neilson or Veritas plane, but for $70 shipped it is well worth it, in my opinion.
My 92 shoulder plane was square and flat. Like you said Dan some of the edges a little sharp used a file to take edge off then 250 grit abrasive. The iron was sharp probably good enough to use. I still flattened back of iron then put a very fine micro bevel on iron.
Just bought a 90 Bullnose plane more of Stanley’s bog standard stuff I flattened sole of plane. The iron not the same quality as the 92 I still flattened back and put micro bevel on iron.
The Stanley spokeshave I got need a lot of work the curve sole I have made smoother using finer grits of abrasives. The cap I smoothed back side. Less said about the iron tried flattening back after an hour I’ve conceded that it is a bad one. The place where iron sits in body need a good filing and smoothing out. To top it I found a round base spokeshave in better order and work quite nicely.
I have order two Ashley Ilse spokeshave cutters 3mm thick. I am sure I will get a nice flat back with those.
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