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Forum topic by Don K. posted 07-16-2009 06:36 AM 1246 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don K.

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07-16-2009 06:36 AM

Has any fellow LumerJock had any experience with WoodRiver Planes ? I have several older Stanley planes that are great and will never part with (Belonged to my grandpa) But a person I know has a full set of WoodRiver planes that look brand new….most are still in the box and he says have never been used.

He has a #6 Fore Plane (Never used in box) , a #5 Bench Plane (Never used in box) , a #4 Bench Plane, a #3 Bench Plane (Never used in box), and a Adjustable Mouth Block Plane….for all 5 he wants $250 cash.

I went to Woodcrafts web site and for all five I would pay about $550. I am going to buy them even though I really do not need them (He needs the money and I am always looking for a good deal on tools) question is this…are these planes really any good ? Has any one had any experience with them, do they hold a edge, do they chatter…any opinions good OR bad ??? I went through all the reviews and no one has ever did a review over them.

I played with some of them for a few Min’s. They “Seemed” like pretty good quality planes…but have never even been sharpened.

Thanks for any opinions.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#1 posted 07-16-2009 06:41 AM

Hey Don
Charles Neils gave a thumbs up to woodriver planes saying they were as good as his very exspensive planes (LN?)

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#2 posted 07-16-2009 06:44 AM

Thanks Jim, I watched his videos at WoodCraft ….but was still wondering…while he IS a master woodworker…He is paid by WoodCraft…so I was wondering if any body here has used them.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#3 posted 07-16-2009 07:04 AM

they require some tuning out of the box and the fit and finish is not as good as a higher priced Lie Nielsen or Veritas. But they are a good value. With that said, I did return one because something was wrong with the frog. I had to keep the lateral adjuster almost all the way to the left to keep it making shavings that were a consistent thickness all the way across. It was a nit picky thing but most woodworkers I know are nitpicky.

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