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Has anyone tried the new Wood River Block Planes from Woodcraft?

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Forum topic by docholladay posted 11-10-2010 06:00 AM 1527 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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docholladay

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11-10-2010 06:00 AM

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When it comes to block planes, the standard has sort of always been the Stanley No. 65 low angle and the Stanley No. 18 standard angle. These are the ones known as the Knuckle joint planes – referring to the design of the lever cap. Woodcraft is now making a copy of this time tested design in their Wood River line of planes. I saw them in my local Woodcraft store this afternoon. They look very impressive. I was wondering if anyone has had a chance to try these tools. Are they as nice as they look. To see a these planes, you can go to the following link on the Woodcraft site.

Low Angle

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2080308/30621/WoodRiver-Low-Angle-Block-Plane-with-Adjustable-Mouth.aspx?ss=46808d39-dcd3-430d-b22e-80bb250c0cb4

Standard Angle

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2080308/30620/WoodRiver-Standard-Block-Plane-with-Adjustable-Mouth.aspx?ss=46808d39-dcd3-430d-b22e-80bb250c0cb4

Thanks,

Doc

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


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#1 posted 11-10-2010 07:46 AM

If you buy one of these make sure you get the version three model – the previous versions are junk. The version three is a great buy if the product (Chinese) is consistent. It seems that that may be so.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 01:24 PM

I knew about the machining problems they had with the early runs on the bench planes. They just came out with these block planes in the past couple of months. I am hoping they did their initial homework a bit better with these than they did with the bench planes. At $89.99 for a block plane, they aren’t exactly a steal by any means so hopefully the quality is significantly improved.

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

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