A well-tuned shoulder plane is a necessary part of any well-equipped workbench, woodworker Chris Gochnour affirms. Used to refine and perfect joinery, a shoulder plane can perform any smoothing task that requires controlled and precise cuts, such as fitting into a corner. Gochnour reviews shoulder planes by Clifton, E.C. Emmerich, H.N.T. Gordon, Lie-Nielsen, St. James Bay, Shepherd, and Veritas, and offers a fine-tuning guide to help you get the most out of your plane.

From Fine Woodworking #171