|Review by bobdurnell||posted 02-18-2009 07:10 PM||20098 views||1 time favorited||45 comments|
- Wood River No.5 Jack and low angle adjustable block plane
- Brand: Wood River | Category: Planers
After seeing the advertisement in the latest Woodcraft magazine offering the new Wood River planes I couldn’t wait to see them. The article said that they resemble the LN planes and were more affordable. After calling my local Woodcraft store I was told that it would be a while before they would have the planes in the store. Yesterday 2/17/09 I went to check them out and I believe that they are what was said in the ad.
I have a no.5, no.2, no.1, and a low angle adjustable block by LN. So I think my review will be valid. I bought the no.5 and the block.
The low angle adjustable block is a spot on match to the LN. It wasn’t ready to use out of the box but I quickly gound my favorite bevel and honed it on my diamond plate and it was ready. While grinding the iron it felt and ground like the LN. It honed up real nice too. The throat was a little wider than the LN but that’s okay with me. The result- excellent.
The No.5 Jack plane has the same heft as the LN but has a few subtle differences. The rear tote is made of Bubinga and has a more slender profile than other totes. It is a Bed Rock style plane but the lateral adjusting lever is the only part that I noticed to be subpar. It is made of pressed steel but it still worked fine. The planes are sold exclusive to Woodcraft and the country of origin I was told was China not Taiwan. I highly reccomend these tools. The price for the block around $70 and the jack around $120. They come in a nice sliding lidded box and tightly packed in a sealed plastic bag and were coated with light machine oil not that terrible cosmoline stuff. The other planes offered are the no.4 and the no.6.
-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.