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Woodcraft's New WoodRiver V3 #4 Smoothing Plane Reveal video

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Blog entry by TheDovetailJoint posted 11-24-2010 12:57 AM 5282 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

-- http://shopsmith-tool-hunter.blogspot.com http://gilliom-gil-bilt-tool-hunter.blogspot.com



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Bill729

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#1 posted 11-24-2010 07:08 AM

After I watched for 13 minutes, and you couldn’t plane a piece of wood? I appreciate the dissection of the plane, but you omitted the most important part!

Bill

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#2 posted 11-24-2010 08:03 AM

Sorry about that Bill. I filmed this one evening in my shop, which is a little over a mile from my home, and it wasn’t until I got home late that evening and began the process of editing the footage that I realized that I filmed several important segments with the camera on pause! On the flip side, I have some interesting footage of several minutes when I thought the camera was off…

-- http://shopsmith-tool-hunter.blogspot.com http://gilliom-gil-bilt-tool-hunter.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 11-24-2010 10:20 AM

Great video!

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#4 posted 11-24-2010 11:19 PM

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#5 posted 11-24-2010 11:25 PM

I enjoyed it.
But then I know how to plane a piece of wood :)
I think it was good of you to take the time to show the stripping and assembly of a plane.
My shop is 20ft away and I’m wanting one closer.

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 11-25-2010 12:51 AM

Thanks Jamie. I used to have a garage shop and I accomplished less then than I do now. I suppose having to justify the rent is part of it. Plus I have a place to smoke my pipe with no one objecting. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Scott

-- http://shopsmith-tool-hunter.blogspot.com http://gilliom-gil-bilt-tool-hunter.blogspot.com

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#7 posted 11-25-2010 02:15 AM

even thow you say its only a reveal I will thank you for the rewiew of the plane :-)
I injoyed the vidio

take care
Dennis

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#8 posted 11-25-2010 05:25 AM

I guess I did draw a conclusion, didn’t I? Thanks Dennis.
Scott

-- http://shopsmith-tool-hunter.blogspot.com http://gilliom-gil-bilt-tool-hunter.blogspot.com

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#9 posted 11-27-2010 06:26 AM

I hope you’ll post later what it takes to get it “fettled”. You might measure in hours for instance. After you use it, you could explain whether you would you consider switching to a Hock blade. For me, these two details would turn the “reveal” into a “review”! : )

Thanks!
Bill

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