Help: Should I return my Wood River No 5

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Forum topic by Reynie posted 10-09-2015 03:12 PM 1151 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-09-2015 03:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question woodriver hand plane help beginner tool return

Hey all,

I’m fairly new to the site, and very new to woodworking. I have a very limited number of tools and thought that buying a WoodRiver No 5 plane would get me the most for my money. It arrived today and I noticed that there is a really small dent and chip in the top left corner (left if you are looking at the plane like you were using it). The dent on the edge is about 1/4 inch long. You can see the metal is bunched up on the underside/ bottom of the plane extending about 1/8 inch towards the other edge of the plane. The height of the bulge in the metal is small but easily seen. Please see the pictures attached to this post.

My question is, should I return it? is this a deal breaker? It’s such a small defect that I don’t want to return it and cause a hassle if it does not affect performance. On the other hand it’s the only plane I own, and I plan on stretching this plane as far as I can in terms of using it for dimensioning stock, smoothing and jointing. will this chip/dent compromise that?

And as a beginner I don’t have the expertise to fix it. I don’t even have to expertise to tell if the chip is a concern or not, or if it will affect my work, especially long term as I become more skilled. I planned on having this plane with me for the entirety of my wood working adventures.

For those of you who use hand tools, how common are these dents/ chips from normal use? Would you recommend returning it? will it affect my ability to plane, joint and smooth? Will it affect the planes performance at all? Or will it affect its longevity?

Please let me know what you guys think. Sorry for the post being so long, any help or advice would be very appreciated

Thanks for your help!


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#1 posted 10-09-2015 03:20 PM

Looks like it might have gotten dropped somewhere along the line. Up to you whether or not to return it.

Personally, I would just work out any bulge on the sole with some sandpaper on a flat surface or very careful use of a file and move on. A couple minutes worth of work is a lot less time and hassle than returning the plane for another one. If you are anything like me, it won’t be the first time the plane gets dropped, knocked off a bench or otherwise dinged up.

-- In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#2 posted 10-09-2015 03:23 PM

I personally wouldn’t worry about it but it is really up to you how much it bugs you. As long as the sole is flat (and it won’t scratch the stock) then you should be ok. If it bulges on the sole side, you can lap the whole sole on some 400 grit sandpaper on a flat surface (I use my table saw top) to get it all flattened out. Others will also chime in with their recommendations.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#3 posted 10-09-2015 03:23 PM

If it was me, I’d return it. I mean it’s brand, new right out of the box. It should be in perfect shape. It is repairable, but the moment you touch it. It’s yours for ever.

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#4 posted 10-09-2015 03:29 PM

Yep, that sucker would go back if it showed up on my doorstep. When you buy a new one, you shouldn’t settle for factory seconds.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 10-09-2015 03:44 PM

From the description, the bottom isn’t flat. You have to fix it or return it.

Honestly, I would only see WR planes as being a good deal if they were ready to go out of the box. But to me, paying 75%-80% of the price of a Veritas plane and still having to fix it does not seem like a good trade-off. If I want to work on a plane to get it to do what it’s supposed to do, I need a much better price than that. I realize that this is tangential to the real question, but you mentioned value in the OP. In this case, and considering your stated skill set, I’d get a refund and get a Veritas.

-- Barry,

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#6 posted 10-09-2015 04:06 PM

WR is a premium plane. Since it was damaged during shipping when it was wrapped up then send it back.

I had a plane which had a ding in it b’cos it was not wrapped properly when my friend brought it back.
No big deal just file it down and do light sanding.

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#7 posted 10-09-2015 04:10 PM

definitely send it back, someone who doesn’t care about other’s property created this problem, it should not become yours.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#8 posted 10-10-2015 04:43 PM

It would be a fairly easy fix with careful use of a file, but I would return it as long as it’s not a long drive to the store which would cost you money. Or you could call them and see if they will replace it by mail. The reason I would return it is to not let them get away with selling something damaged. They track those kinds of things and if enough people return them they’ll be more careful.

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#9 posted 10-12-2015 03:43 AM

Hey Guys,

Thanks for the responses. I really appreciate it.

I decided to return the product after reading what everyone had to say. Thanks for the input it made my decision a lot easier.

again Thanks,


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#10 posted 10-12-2015 02:51 PM

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