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Forum topic by Howie posted 04-08-2011 01:22 AM 1206 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-08-2011 01:22 AM

Does anyone have any comments on the Woodriver Side Rabbit plane that Woodcraft sells? It converts to a bull nose which is particularly appealing to me.

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#1 posted 04-08-2011 03:40 AM

Most pros and cons of the Record 2506 will apply.

I have the L-N copies of the Stanley 98/99 pair. I don’t use
them often but they are the perfect tools for specific tasks.

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#2 posted 04-08-2011 01:14 PM

The older ones were curved. That is no longer an issue. They are now flat. However, the newer one I bought this year had problems. One- the locking lever would constantly pop open. This was overcome by custom filing it to the correct radius and size. Two – the steel in the blade was horrible. I brought the blade up to a true 30 degree hollow grind on a Tormek and then micro-beveled the edge on watertones. Finally, I touched it on an Arkansas surgical black until it could shave the hair off my arm. Then I used the plane on some red oak. The edge immediately crumbled. It began chipping out and scoring the wood like a comb. I went through the whole process from the Tormek on up four more times. Each time the newly sharpened edge crumbled . The steel was far too brittle and the carbides were clustered. They would have been way better off with decent high carbon than this poorly forged A2. I’m sure others have had better luck, but that was my experience. In the end, I returned it to Woodcraft.

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#3 posted 04-08-2011 02:30 PM

That sure sounds very similar to a problem that I seem to be having with my UK-Stanley #92 Rabbit/Trim plane. I have tried looking for a NON-UK blade replacement but can’t seem to find a source. I am wondering if I may have a ”one-off” bad blade or maybe all these UK blades may be similar in quality?

BTW, my #4 WoodRiver seems to have a good blade and holds its edge quite well.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 04-08-2011 02:35 PM

Thanks for the replies. Looks like I should keep looking.

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