I recently picked up the Veritas medium shoulder plane (still in the package) as a birthday present to myself.
While I was at the store, talking to one of the staff, he had mentioned the Stanley 90 Bullnose plane as a possible alternative to the shoulder plane. Now he didn't say it was an exact match but thought it would perform similar tasks. Well, I didn't tell him at the time but I have one of those Stanleys that I picked up from a neighbour when I bought his collection of waterstones (he threw the Stanley in, as an incentive for me to buy all of his stones). I've never used the Stanley.
I spent 30 minutes last night tuning up the Stanley and realized my neighbour may never have used it, the blade seemed nearly new.
So here is my question...as I am very much a novice, should I keep both or save some money and just use the Stanley? I bought the shoulder plane for some M&T work coming up for the bench I am building.
I guess I could always sell the Stanley as they are worth $115 new.
Thanks for listening,