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Posted on WoodRiver V3 #5 Hand Plane Help

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#1 posted 05-07-2013 03:13 PM

Wood River planes tend to have a good reputation, but it will still need fettled before becoming a good user. How much will depend on the individual plane, even ones that come off the line back to back will be slightly different and need different adjustments.

  • Flatten the back of the iron.
  • Make sure the blade is sharp.
  • Double check the fit of the frog to the sole and iron to the frog. Everything tight & square with absolutely no wobble or play.
  • Make sure the blade is really sharp, like able to shave the hair off your arm sharp.
  • Set the chipbreaker about 1/16 back from the cutting edge of the iron.
  • Take thinner passes
  • Is the blade sharp?
  • As ssnvet mentions, are you planing with the grain or against it? Try going the other way, the sound and feel will be totally different.
  • Practice, practice, practice—technique is important. It is just like any other skill, practicing the right technique will get you far. You shouldn’t expect to pick up your first plane and get professional results immediately.
  • Did I mention make sure the iron is sharp? Sharp solves a lot of issues and no matter how sharp you think it is, it can be better.

Edit: Don’s article is good and he definitely knows a lot more than me. +1 on checking the mouth opening.

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