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Forum topic by richgreer posted 08-31-2010 11:35 PM 3026 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2010 11:35 PM

Reviews of the Wood River Planes on this forum are generally good. Now I read that Wood River has enhanced their primarily line of planes.

I don’t think we have a review that features the post-enhanced Wood River planes and I am not finding much that tells me how these planes have been enhanced.

Can anyone shed some light on this question. Are the new/improved Wood River planes really any better than their predecessors? What is the difference?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 08-31-2010 11:49 PM

Chris talks about it here:

for those that can’t click-n-read, here is the excerpt ;):
The Wood River planes also made a big leap forward. The lateral-adjust levers are now robust and made using two pieces, like the old Bed Rocks. The depth-adjustment knob is bigger and easier to turn. And the overall fit and finish of the tools has improved.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 09-01-2010 12:34 AM

I read the same artilce that PurpLev refers to above. I think that they also made a change to the blades that makes them sharpen better, but not sure about that. Also, they supposedly improved some o the machining processes which should also improve precision (flatness) of the castings.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 09-01-2010 01:42 AM

I have an older woodriver plane (v2?), and I agree with the blog on the softness of the blade iron but it isn’t terrible. Overall the plane is great and the bed was dead flat out of the box and the sides square to the sole. I haven’t had the chance to use the new v3 planes but I would not hesitate to purchase another after using my no.5.

-- Drew, Delaware

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#4 posted 09-01-2010 01:46 AM

Wood rivers planes are great.

-- Bert

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