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New Woodriver #7 V3  Hand Plane

New Woodriver #7 V3 Hand Plane

06-06-2012 04:45 AM by KenBry | 32 comments »

This is my first Woodriver plane and I am impressed. I needed a #7 jointer plane because I am building a woodworkers bench. I already have a Stanley Bailey #7 but really wanted a tool with a stiffer blade than the stanley. I tried the IBC in my Stanley and had some issues. Unfortunatly when Stanley built their planes back in the day they didn’t stick to specs very well. I needed a plane that is going to take use and be able to take replacment parts when the time comes. So I went shoppin...

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Wood River  -  Banana Planes

Wood River - Banana Planes

03-16-2010 05:00 AM by mcase | 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 ...

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Woodcraft's WoodRiver Mobile Base Kit

Woodcraft's WoodRiver Mobile Base Kit

07-09-2011 02:56 AM by glassyeyes | 10 comments »

I recently mounted my bandsaw on a mobile base using Woodcraft’s WoodRiver Universal Mobile Base Hardware Kit. I have used similar kits before, and generally like them. Some of the features of this kit are a considerable improvement over past versions, but one change confuses me, and made it difficult to decide on an overall rating. THE GOOD: The kit is based on user-supplied lumber, such as plywood. Previously, the steel corners were equipped to take only one piece of nominal 3/...

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Woodriver gets it right

Woodriver gets it right

12-07-2011 06:01 AM by mcase | 25 comments »

I posted a poor review of Woodriver planes a couple of years ago. However Woodcraft has come out with a much improved version called the V3. Woodcraft had them on sale so I picked up a #4. Arguably it needed no tuning and with a quick honing could have been used right out of the box. I did however strip it down and tune it for my own compulsive reasons. The sole was very true and it hardly took five minutes to get it to within 1.5 thousands. The blade which is A2 steel was slightly ...

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Great new spray gun

Great new spray gun

03-18-2010 06:20 AM by sawblade1 | 10 comments »

Last week I received my new spray gun from woodcraft and was very pleased with the quality out of the box it had a good weight to it but not to heavy, it came with a cleaning kit, extra filters, and all accessories for adjusting and removing nozzles and tips from the gun. But where this gun excelled at was at spraying after testing with water I decided to try spraying a water based clear cote to my surprise no cloud of over spray like you get with other HVLP guns and very little and do I ...

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Only reason not 5 stars - not made out of gold and diamonds

Only reason not 5 stars - not made out of gold and diamonds

10-12-2013 10:08 PM by ColonelTravis | 8 comments »

But then who the hell would use it, the Queen of England? Got this on sale at Woodcraft, it’s a fine tool. 4.5 stars, easy. Good - Doesn’t roll off the table because the brass tightener stops it like a kickstand. That’s a big plus. Even the ones with a flat edge can still roll if there’s enough momentum. The only way this thing will hit the ground is if you fling it off with something by accident. Really like the addition of the wood, makes it a lot more comfortable...

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Amazing Plane for the Price

Amazing Plane for the Price

04-06-2013 12:34 PM by RaggedKerf | 13 comments »

Okay, I know there are an awful lot of you guys out there that sport the Lie-Nielsen and Veritas hand planes (drool) but I just cannot swing the budget that high right now. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t have quality! I just picked up a brand new WoodRiver #5 (V3) and this jack is sweeeeeeet. It’s replacing the #4 Groz smoother (hissss) that I got last year. I spent hours and hours rehabbing the brand new Groz to get it to the point where I could plane pine (of a...

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Had to Put it Back

Had to Put it Back

12-14-2012 07:37 PM by mcase | 18 comments »

I always feel bad recommending a restaurant to a friend and then they change the chef or something and the foods horrible. This is sort of in the same vein. In the past, I highly recommended the Woodriver V3 planes. I own three Woodriver V3s , #4,#5, and #6, which are just fine. They ARE nice planes and I enjoy using them very much. However, I recently went to purchase a #3. I really wanted a #3 Woodriver, but I had to put it back. Turns out that whoever makes these planes ground ...

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A Great Plane

A Great Plane

12-03-2012 03:59 AM by bobasaurus | 12 comments »

I bought this WoodRiver #6 at a Rob Cosman hand planing / dovetailing seminar. He was able to take one of these new out of the box, hone the blade, and produce a shaving about 3/10000” thick according to his micrometer. Most of us attending were impressed enough to buy one ourselves (cost about $150 at the time, though the sale has ended now). I try to follow his hand sharpening technique as well, and now I can get shavings from this plane almost as thin as he can. The first pictu...

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Woodriver Responds

Woodriver Responds

03-05-2013 08:45 PM by mcase | 13 comments »

I posted a review of the Woodriver #3 a while back. In that review I was critical of the short chipbreaker and of the the lower-level Woodcraft customer service response to the problem. Well, I am happy to report that Woodcraft passed the complaint up the ladder and the higher ups corrected the problem. I now have received a Woodriver #3 with the new chip breaker of sufficient length. Like the three other Woodriver Planes I own it was absolutely flat and required no fettling. Just a...

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