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Forum topic by lanwater posted 02-23-2013 06:56 AM 1149 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2013 06:56 AM

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How do you tell what version is a woodriver handpane?
The employee who answered the phone at woodcraft in my area did not know.

I have 4 of those and just being curious.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#1 posted 02-27-2013 07:27 AM

well your question is a bit vague believe it or not.

most planes are identified by their size and type, if you’re a stanley kind of guy, there’s a number for your plane, even records have numbers, however alot of other companies such as woodriver don’t necessarily have numbers. I wood look up on the woodcraft site for a plane matching the description of the ones you have and from there, if you need parts or something you can look at it that way.

Most planes can be described as bench, smoother, jack, jointer, shoulder, bullnose…. well there are lots of different types and knowing what type is alot better than knowing a model number in my humble opinion.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#2 posted 02-27-2013 08:30 AM

Thanks TCCcabinetmaker.

My question was probably not phrased correctly.

woodriver apparently has 3 revisions of the same plane that they manufactured over the years.
For example, the smoother has v1, v2 and v3 (the latest). most likely minor modification.

I did not find a marking pertinent to the revision on the plane.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 02-28-2013 12:19 AM

I think the differences between the versions were pretty significant and you should be able to tell things like the diameter of the depth adjuster was changed for V3, among other things.

But, what I don’t know is where there might be a list of exactly what those changes were.

I think Stanley planes had different versions over the years for their plans as well, but in that case there are books on the subject.

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#4 posted 02-28-2013 06:15 AM

Thanks crank49.

I think I am going to call their headquaters and see if they can enlighten me.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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