I have a large tool chest, over flowing with tools that if I add up what I paid for them, would come to around £300.
Not one tool is of poor quality, call my strange, but I just couldn’t justify spending that much on one hand tool, a machine yes, second hand of the old school quality, but not a new hand tool of today’s makers.
Just not worth it, there’s so much more you could buy with all that money on the secondhand market
Congrats on your birthday, great friends, and the new lathe. A great choice.
I know this is after the fact but if you have anything left over, I would echo the suggestion for a good plow (plough) plane. I have a Record 044 with a full retinue of cutters and it’s a marvelous tool. I’ll also put in a plug for a Stanley 78 filletster/rabbet (rebate) plane. They’re cheap and plentiful on eBay. For such a mundane tool I find it to be perhaps the most gratifying to use of all my planes.