Wood River # 6

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Review by jerryo posted 05-08-2010 03:27 AM 3314 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I used this plane for the first time today and I was very impressed. It is a big step up from the other planes I
have been using. It has good heft to it and all of the parts were machined nice and didn’t requiure any filing.
The sole was dead flat and the iron was thick and the back flat. I spent 5 minutes honing the iron to an 8000
grit water stone and took fine shavings in maple, walnut and cherry. I have never used a Lie-neilsen, Clifton or
Veritas but with the way this performed I’m not sure you need to spend the extra money on one of those.
Anyone who has used both and can tell me the differences i would appreciate your knowledge. Jerry O

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#1 posted 05-08-2010 04:03 AM

thanks for the review, i had my eye on one of these for awhile now i think i would get the #5 if they have one or a #5-1/2 which i know they don’t have but thanks for the info i would mabe change the blade to a hock or pinnacle.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#2 posted 05-08-2010 04:10 AM

Thanks for the review Jerry


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#3 posted 05-08-2010 04:50 AM

Hi Ike. I bought a hock iron for my Anant #4 and it worked as it was advertised thin transparent shavings. For what it”s worth, the iron on my #6 is thicker than the hock iron. Have you tryed the Pinical blades? Thanks, Jerry O

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#4 posted 05-08-2010 05:50 AM

I own this plane and love it. The woodrivers have not let me down.

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#5 posted 05-08-2010 05:10 PM

I have the #3,#5 and block plane and now when my LJ bro and I need someting extra for a project we refer to the procedure as lets Wood River it.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#6 posted 05-08-2010 08:03 PM

There is definitely a difference between the Woodriver and Veritas/Clifton hand planes, but not worthy of the price difference, I have several of these Woodriver style planes – certainly the best value planes I have bought.

If you get a chance buy a spare blade for the plane (about $25) and grind a back bevel on it , this will cover all the difficult grain jobs you have (helps to reduce tear out) and save on regrinding you main blade all the time.

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#7 posted 05-09-2010 06:25 AM

ya, those planes are sweet!

-- I cut it three times and its still to short?

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