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Forum topic by SRRieman posted 09-11-2013 02:09 AM 917 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2013 02:09 AM

I picked up a woodriver no 5 for a really good deal, only thing is I need an iron and a chipbreaker set. I’m not looking for anything super spectacular, but would like it to function as it normally would have. A stanley no 5 is the plane I’m short of, so I don’t have one of those I can even try out. I know I can put in pretty much any iron but the chipbreakers are a little harder to come by. I’m not sure if I could get a replacement from woodcraft either. Any recommendations??

-- Scott Rieman

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#1 posted 09-11-2013 02:25 AM

I would try Hock Tools for their 2” wide chip breaker and iron. I only have one of their chip breakers, but it’s well machined.

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#2 posted 09-11-2013 02:36 AM

Hock is good stuff. If you’ve got 67 bucks burning a hole in your pocket – Lee Valleys new steel is supposed to be the bee’s knees. I have it in a block plane, and it’s very nice.

If you’re not looking to spend that, or wont be working on a lot of hard, abrasive woods, I’ve heard several people say the new Buck Brothers irons from Home Depot can be had for cheap and are pretty good. Not sure if they have chip-breakers.

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#3 posted 09-11-2013 02:41 AM

You could also check ebay and look at the used irons. There are usually quite a few.

I have Hocks and like them as well but they are spendy. I like Craftsman Studio. Quick shipping.!BENCH.htm

St. James Bay has them for $16.95. Not sure of quality.

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#4 posted 09-11-2013 07:49 AM

I just bought a LV chip breaker. Well worth it. Now can take thin shavings consistently. The old chip breaker flex too much. Hock and L/N does have a nice thick chip breaker. For the iron, I use standard Stanley. Good enough for most things and cheap too. The steel is not a good as PM-V11 but can last for a day with any wood condition.

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#5 posted 09-11-2013 07:59 AM

I just saw a blade and chip breaker set at our local Woodcraft this past weekend.

-- Bob, Kingwood, TX

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#6 posted 09-11-2013 07:56 PM

Hock irons are usually cheaper through Amazon, especially if you can swing the free shipping stuff they have

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