I’m calling this a reveal rather than a review, because quite frankly I’m not the guy you want reviewing hand planes. You see, I’m a power tool guy, but as I mention in the video, I’m starting to fall back in love with hand tools. In recent months I’ve been researching planes and while there are some incredible planes available from Lie-Nielsen and Lee Valley, I just couldn’t bring myself to part with that much of my hard earned cash.
Enter the new Woodcraft WoodRiver line of planes. These planes are based on the venerable Stanley Bed Rock design, which also inspired Thomas Lie-Nielsen to recreate the vast majority of the planes in his line. They are roughly 1/2 the price of comparable Lee Valley Veritas planes, and 1/3 the price of the Lie-Nielsen planes.
This video follows me though my first impressions as I unbox and dissect the WoodRiver #4 smoothing plane. If you know nothing about planes I think this is will be a good trip for you to join me on. If you know everything there is to know about planes, don’t waste your time watching. I’m certain that Lady Ga Ga has something interesting posted on Youtube somewhere that will be much more interesting to you.
I’ve blogged a little about this on my hand plane blog, which is linked at http://www.Tool-Hunter.com