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Review by John posted 01-05-2013 10:54 PM 1313 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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this plane is made from nice materials and is nicely machined. the blade is nice and thick and holds its edge

unfortunately, it has two modes; loose enough to adjust the blade but the snap cap pops open unexpectedly, or tight enough to keep the cap closed which is too tight to adjust the blade

I have the same issue with the low angle version of this plane as well. whenever you get behind it, you run the risk of popping the cap, then it’s a PITA to get the cap back on and back to work

too bad, it’s a nice size for my big hands, the weight is good, the blade is nice, the sole is flat, and the sides are square. I wanted to like the set, but the cap mechanism ticks me off every time I start to get into it

-- John - Central PA - http://affyx.wordpress.com




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#1 posted 01-05-2013 11:15 PM

So, no woodrivers for me.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#2 posted 01-06-2013 12:15 AM

For me, there are only three types of hand planes: Veritas, Lie-Nielsen, and vintage.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#3 posted 01-06-2013 12:29 AM

I agree! but found out too late.

just got my first Veritas, the medium shoulder plane and it is nice! and my old Stanley 6 & 7 are such a joy to use. I do really like my wood river 4 & 3, but going forward, no more Chinese made for me.

-- John - Central PA - http://affyx.wordpress.com

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TechRedneck

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#4 posted 01-06-2013 01:35 AM

Saw one of these at Woodcraft… Hated it.

I do like my WR #4 however, it hangs and performs as well or better than my Vintage Stanley bench planes.

If you are looking for a new block plane, Veritas and LN are the way to go for now.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#5 posted 01-06-2013 04:54 AM

I’ve had the exact same problem with mine. It doesn’t seem to matter how light or aggressive the cut is, it just keeps popping up! I’ll definitely be investing in some other brand for my next one!

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#6 posted 01-07-2013 03:36 PM

Thanks for the report on the issue. Will take note.

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#7 posted 01-08-2013 11:51 AM

I too have the LA block plane from WoodRiver. I also experience the exact same problem. I should have spent the extra $40 on the Veritas because I have to anyway.

-- Shawn DuGay, Wallingford, CT http://www.bigdogwoodworks.com

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#8 posted 02-28-2013 01:31 AM

Imagine my surprise at reading this article, I thought they were designed to have to pop the cap to adjust the blade.

-- Okie from Council Hill

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