Woodriver shoulder plane?

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Forum topic by BerBer5985 posted 12-03-2012 06:03 PM 3451 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2012 06:03 PM

I just stumbled upon this. Looks nice but approaching Lee Valley pricing for a shoulder plane. Maybe if it ever goes on sale:

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#1 posted 12-03-2012 06:14 PM

I own the LV shoulder plane. Works really nice. Back to woodriver. The cap screw looks harder to adjust while the mouth is easily adjustable? One nice feature on the LV is that you can wrap your palm at the back of the plane and push it. Not sure on the woodriver.

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#2 posted 12-03-2012 06:25 PM

Well I do have to say that it looks as if it is built better than my Stanley #92 that I also acquired from WC. I like how the blade hold-down looks much beefier as well. I think I paid ~$120 3 years ago, so the price on this WoodRiver seems about right, IMO.

FWIW, I have a WoodRiver Low Angle Block Plane that I just love and use all of the time. WoodRiver technology and workmanship seems to have improved a lot recently.

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

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#3 posted 12-03-2012 06:38 PM

I have recently been looking at shoulder planes and you could get a Vintage Stanley 92 for around $100 on ebay. I like the 92 because you get a chisel plane included as a bonus.


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#4 posted 12-03-2012 06:43 PM

Carlos is correct about using the classic as a chisel plane. I do that quite often and should have remembered to point that out.

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#5 posted 12-03-2012 08:32 PM

I have the medium LV shoulder plane and would buy it again in a heartbeat. I haven’t used any WoodRiver tools and they may be fine, but I give my business to LV when I can due to their exceptional service. Finally, a $30 price difference (maybe less if you have to pay tax on the WR plane) is very little for a tool that you or your heir will be able to use for the next 30 years. FWIW

-- Art

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#6 posted 12-03-2012 08:48 PM

Yeah i agree. i already have the LV Large shoulder plane. I was just pointing it out, not really looking to buy it. Just saw that it was new and I’ve heard good things about Wood River’s other planes, so this might be the start of more budget conscience specialty planes to come from Wood River. Who knows, maybe plough planes, rabbet planes, etc. Doesn’t look bad, but for that price, I’d rather have LV for a little more. If they ever put it on sale around $100, I’d bet it’d sell like hotcakes.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#7 posted 12-03-2012 10:11 PM

If you’re after function, these are similar and hover under the $40 umbrella on the ‘bay (unless they’re blessed with original boxes and other ephemera):

Be advised, however, that there are several different manufacturers of these and you might get suctioned into needing one from each!



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#8 posted 06-03-2013 07:02 PM

Lee, this is a great suggestion – using a Stanley 78 with the fence removed.

My only warning is that the 78 can occasionally get some “twist” or “pinch” in it around the second mouth. When looking on ebay, ask for a picture that shows you the bottom at an angle where you can see if area in front of the mouth is coplanar with the back.

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