|Review by mcase||posted 03-16-2010 05:00 AM||8146 views||0 times favorited||20 comments|
I recently spent about an hour and half in Woodcraft examining Wood River planes. I went there to buy these planes. I went to purchase a #4, #5, and #6. The planes are very handsome and clearly copies of the Lie-Nielsen planes once carried at Woodcraft. They are very attractively packaged in nice wooden boxes. But before I went out the door I had the sales person (very helpful) open each box. I did this so I could examine each plane before I brought it home. Using a machinist straight edge to check the soles for flatness I was very disappointed to discover that each and every one was curved like a banana. The curves were concave and clearly visible. They looked to be around .005 out of true. May not sound like much but enough to mean that to get them to work right you would have to lap them flat. The planes were so attractive otherwise and the price was so great I almost gave in and purchased them. However the thought of the hours of lapping them, especially the 18” #6 fore plane, held me back. In the end, I thanked the sales help profusely and declined the purchase. Its a shame that they wasted time and money on fancy wooden boxes that no one will use and neglected to cure and lap the soles of the planes so they could be used.