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First on the Block to Get the New Plane

First on the Block to Get the New Plane

02-18-2009 07:10 PM by bobdurnell | 45 comments »

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....

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Cutting a Square Hole is so much easier.

Cutting a Square Hole is so much easier.

12-20-2010 10:31 PM by Brian024 | 13 comments »

Up until now my chosen method for cutting mortises has been a router and I’ve become very tired of having to spend a good amount of time square up each one with a chisel. I bought this after seeing on Woodcraft’s site that it was on sale for $249.00 until the end of the month. This looks very similar to the Steel City, it might infact be the same just different branding. The unit comes in roughly 2’X2’X2’ box and has 2 styrofoam trays, it weighs about 90 pou...

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Wood River Parallel Clamps

Wood River Parallel Clamps

10-11-2009 04:47 AM by Straightpiped | 15 comments »

Picked up a couple of these clamps with the sale that Woodcraft is having. I have always had Harbor Freight and Jorgensen F style clamps. I knew that I was going to need some clamping power with a project that I am working on and these turned out perfect. I bought the 40” model and they are great. Quality is excellent. I have used them a few times since I got them three days ago. They are able to hold as much pressure as I am able to give them. The cam handle is a little tricky...

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Wood River #6 V3 (Fore Plane)

Wood River #6 V3 (Fore Plane)

07-22-2010 05:38 AM by psfolio | 9 comments »

So, I got home. Cleaned the oil off of the plane and checked it out. Very impressed. Granted I am moving up from a Old Miller Falls plane, Impressed none the less. The fit and finish of this plane is very nice. The handles are super comfortable. Pushing it along the wood just feels right and is effortless. Right out of the box the blade was really sharp. I achieved shavings no problem. The back was very flat and needed minor working. Actually while working the back it was actually hard ...

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Pretty good vise for the money

Pretty good vise for the money

04-23-2012 12:48 AM by ShipWreck | 10 comments »

I picked this up at my local WoodCraft store on sale about a month ago. I saw it laying in a opened box and thought that I would give it a quick look. I was not looking to buy a vise at the moment, but I knew I would be needing one sooner or later. This vise appeared to be pretty well made, so I ended up cashing out with it. I finally got around to mounting it to my “crapper” work bench this weekend. The bench in the picture was actually built during a lunch break as a tool stora...

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Wood River #6 Fore Plane (V3)

Wood River #6 Fore Plane (V3)

01-12-2012 04:10 PM by Willeh | 10 comments »

Hi Folks, Few months back, I was at a woodworking show in toronto and came across the booth for Rob Cosman(http://www.robcosman.com/). He gave a very informative seminar about hand plane use and maintenance and was demonstrating with the Wood River #6. I Couldnt get over the quality of the plane for the price, and when taking a turn to try it out, really liked the feel of it. I ended up buying one off him at the show for the show special price of $175. I was extra happy because he pulle...

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A good chisel for 9$ each

A good chisel for 9$ each

06-25-2012 08:05 PM by lumberjoe | 11 comments »

This is my first set of chisels that are not meant to be smashed with a sledge hammer. I bought these for a few reasons: 1 – they were on sale from 89.99 to 53.992 – The Bubinga handles are REALLY well done. Both to look at and they are really comfortable to hold3 – (According to the woodcraft guy) US Steel and assembled in the US, although the box comes from China. 4 – It had every size I needed5 – Hardened to RC-59 (same as Narex) I was originally going t...

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Wood River V3 low angle block plane.

Wood River V3 low angle block plane.

05-15-2011 05:40 PM by Florida_Jim | 4 comments »

Last Saturday I was at my local Woodcraft store. They had a 10% store wide discount. Well I was looking at their new wood River block planes. So for $80.99 plus tax, I bought the low angle version.It is very well made. The design is based on the Stanley #65. The bed is nicely machined so the plane iron fits very well. The plane iron is .118” thick. This gives a very nice finish. The iron on my old Stanley 60 ½ is 0nly .079” The iron only needed a bit of polishing, and a touch up with a ...

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Wood River HVLP Gravity Feed Spray Gun

Wood River HVLP Gravity Feed Spray Gun

07-24-2011 10:00 PM by pintodeluxe | 3 comments »

This is a great gun. If you have never tried a gravity feed HVLP you are in for a treat. You might actually enjoy finishing your projects! Exact same gun as the Porter Cable PSH1, except no air regulator. Just use the regulator on your compressor. Beautiful finish with shellac or lacquer. I even spray stain with it on large jobs. This was $25 on sale, but I think regular price is only $35. It comes with a 1.4 mm tip which is good for lacquer and shellac. They sell an inexpensive 2 mm...

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First Impressions Review of Wood River Butt Chisels

First Impressions Review of Wood River Butt Chisels

12-31-2012 02:13 AM by tallinstaller | 10 comments »

First Impressions Review of Wood River Butt Chisels My lovely Wife bought these for me for Christmas this year. I’ve been eyeing them for a while, mostly due to the beautiful Bubinga handles that fit so wonderfully in the palm and the on-sale price of $29.99. This is just a short review based on the initial set up and a few paring and chopping exercises. The set is four chisels in 1 inch, ¾ inch, ½ inch and ¼ inch. Overall fit and finish is quite good for an economy set of chisels. It...

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