Wood River #6 V3 (Fore Plane)

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Review by psfolio posted 07-22-2010 05:38 AM 9621 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Wood River #6 V3 (Fore Plane) Wood River #6 V3 (Fore Plane) Wood River #6 V3 (Fore Plane) Click the pictures to enlarge them

So, I got home. Cleaned the oil off of the plane and checked it out. Very impressed. Granted I am moving up from a Old Miller Falls plane, Impressed none the less.

The fit and finish of this plane is very nice. The handles are super comfortable. Pushing it along the wood just feels right and is effortless.

Right out of the box the blade was really sharp. I achieved shavings no problem. The back was very flat and needed minor working. Actually while working the back it was actually hard to push from the suction. Anyways a quick hone on 8000 grit water stone and it sings.

I know understand the “Magic” that everyone seems to talk about. Shavings just under .001”

Bottom line, I’m not a pro by any means, obviously, but I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this plane. I did have a chance to try some LN planes at an event they hosted at a local woodworking supply store. Not saying it is the same plane, but feels and works pretty darn close.

-- Paul Sebastian | Phoenix, AZ |

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#1 posted 07-22-2010 06:00 AM

I agree with you. My Woodriver handplanes were shaving out of the box.

I would recommend them too.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 07-22-2010 10:11 AM

Nice to hear some quality new planes on the market. You don’t have to spend a fortune on a plane to get one that works well. Sounds like the sole was already flat enough to me, no real reason for the extra flattening. With fore planes it’s not how thin and wispy the shavings are that matter but how thick you can slice without tear out or chatter. Don’t need supper flat for thicker shavings, a sharp blade is the highest priority. I usually find myself with the dissenting opinion on this topic but I’d only put sole flattening effort into smoothers where ultra thin shavings are needed.

-- There's no such thing as mistakes, just design changes.

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#3 posted 07-22-2010 11:43 AM

thank´s for the rewiew
good to hear about new brands

I don´t think your are out of line there at all
if you look at how the old masters work all day with handtools
planning down ruogh cut slabs to convert them into beautyfull things
they want to do it as effective as possible to they wooood go for the thickets possiple shavings
they cuold plane all day long with out geting tooo tired
all this new religion about a plane shuold make shavings thin as possiple is totely wrong as it can be

sorry wasn´t trying to take your rewiew just got carryed awy


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#4 posted 07-22-2010 01:05 PM

As Dennis has stated, ultimately, the goal is the quality of the surface that is left behind and not the thickness, or lack there of, of the shaving. If you read other reviews on this site of the Wood River planes, they have had mixed results. I would assume that is due to some inconsistency in manufacturing, but generally, the reveiws have indicated that the blades are of quality. The blades are actually made by Pinnacle which does make a very fine blade. They should be good, they cost about the same as a Hock iron. Glad to hear you are happy with your new plane. If you don’t plan to use that old Millers Falls anymore, you can feel free to send it my way. Those old planes were fine tools that with a little TLC can usually be made to perform very well.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#5 posted 07-22-2010 05:49 PM

I agree, wispy shavings are not really that necessary from a #6 ... unless you are also using it as a makeshift 7 or 8 to carefully joint an edge… it is in that weird range where it can serve double duty. Even if using it as a jointer, wispy shavings are only needed on the last couple of strokes. All the others need to cut deep, or you spend all day planing.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 07-22-2010 09:36 PM

I agree Wood Rivers planes are excellent right out of the box

-- Bert

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#7 posted 09-07-2010 02:29 PM

I agree Paul. It’s nice to be able to have a top quality plane to buy without having to spend in $400 range. I have the #6 also and mine needed no work out of the box.

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#8 posted 09-07-2010 02:45 PM

Check out Chris Schwarz’s book “Handplane Essentials” or his DVD. Chris, the editor of “popular Woodworking” uses the #6 to rapidly remove stock with the blade sharpened at an 8” radius. He then uses a #7 to flatten the surface and a #4 to finish smooth.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#9 posted 01-22-2011 03:48 PM

Good to hear. I just ordered this plane yesterday. On my way to a Woodcraft Store in Tulsa today and look them over. I do get a little concerned when I have not hugged and squeezed any new tool….. So to hear a nice report about a new tool I have not got to hold and kiss is some what a comefort to the old wallet. Thank you.

-- Lloyd, Ponca City, OK

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