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Good Plane for the Money

Good Plane for the Money

12-03-2020 05:07 AM by Rich | 34 comments »

These planes get a bad rap for no reason. This WoodRiver #4 1/2 plane can handle even the most highly figured maple and still produce wispy shavings. The #4 1/2 plane is a great choice for a smoother, being wider and heavier than a standard #4. The extra heft helps it to keep going when a lighter plane would get bogged down during heavy cuts, or by difficult grain. Don’t let the low price on WoodRiver planes fool you. They are top quality planes and an exceptional value. The WoodR...

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A solid product after a small fix.

A solid product after a small fix.

11-16-2020 01:55 AM by ColoradoJake | 1 comment »

Hello everyone! I recently purchased this WoodRiver Wheel Marking Gauge. I did not look close to find out why it was half the price of the other ones at Woodcraft, just thought that it was because the expensive one has a fancy wood handle etc. I get it home and instantly find out why it is $18.00, as we all know the cutter has the screw on the outside so we can’t get a useable setting when we want to mark some things. So I looked on the Woodcraft website and found the WoodRiver ...

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Wood River #7  Jointer Plane

Wood River #7 Jointer Plane

05-15-2019 09:31 PM by Dimensions | 8 comments »

So i just added my newest hand tool to my collection, the Wood River Number 7 Jointer Plane. This thing is a BEAST! At 22 ” and 9.6 lbs you definetly realize you are holding a well made tool. It has plenty of heft to take on gnarly grain in very hard woods. I will be putting it to the true test soon, as i build my first “real” workbench. I wanted to use this plane to assist in flattening the top of the bench. If you want to see my initial thoughts on this tool, you can ch...

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Wood River #62 Low Angle Jack

Wood River #62 Low Angle Jack

07-03-2018 09:48 PM by Dimensions | 7 comments »

So i decided to add another Wood River Plane by woodcraft to my collection. This is only my second hand plane purchase, so bear with me on terminology. Overall the plane has a nice weight. It is comfortable in the hand and it really feels like you’re holding onto a nice piece of metal. The Bubinga handles are shaped well and have a beautiful finish! I have a few older planes in my collection, and compared to my older Stanley planes, my wood River feel more substantial to hold. The Stan...

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Wood River #62 Unboxing

Wood River #62 Unboxing

07-02-2018 10:41 PM by Dimensions | 6 comments »

Just added my second Hand Plane to my collection. I chose the Wood River #62 to get a little more versatility with my planes. Check out my honest, first time reactions, here…https://youtu.be/OTF3k_VnBQk

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Not bad, but not particularly good.

Not bad, but not particularly good.

05-11-2016 06:45 PM by Dan Wolfgang | 10 comments »

I debated over my first plane purchase. I wasn’t convinced I could appreciate a finer plane from Lie-Nielsen or Veritas, and from reading, the low-end options seem to often require quite a bit of work that I’m not familiar with. So, the WoodRiver low angle jack from my local Woodcraft seemed a good option. I found the plane immediately underwhelming—it just didn’t feel that great in my hand. Out of the box, the tote was very loose and had to be tightened. Trying to ...

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WoodRiver Retracting Caster Review

WoodRiver Retracting Caster Review

02-28-2016 10:18 AM by OakHill | 2 comments »

I purchased these casters for the Bosch GTS 1031Table Saw mounted on top of the Bosch GTA 500 Stand. The casters swivel smoothly and I never had a problem with them getting stuck or not rotating as some reviewers had experienced. Some preliminary testing had to be done. (See Base Description below) The mechanism works great and is easily operated. The foot action for raising and lowering the casters works exceptionally well. A very well designed product from WoodRiver. As a retired Man...

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Hard to beat

Hard to beat

02-19-2016 01:52 AM by momalle3 | 10 comments »

I bought this for hobby shop work, mostly musical instrument making. it replaces the use of sanding spindles in a drill press. So keep in mind it is a HUGE improvement over that. I don’t have experience with other spindle sanders to compare it to This model is sold under various band names—Shop Fox, WEN, etc. I bought it at the local Woodcraft store. I had been looking at the Rigid oscillating edge sander, but there were just too many bad reviews of that thing and also I did...

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Nice little addition to help curb your plane collecting OCD

Nice little addition to help curb your plane collecting OCD

07-14-2015 12:23 AM by SPHinTampa | 4 comments »

I am guessing that many of the people who bought this plane are driven by the OCD need to complete their entire collection of Stanley bench planes (I will post a picture of my BedRock 608 one day). At $119, this option is roughly $800 cheaper than buying the real thing. I do not have a real Stanley #1 to compare against but I will say that these planes are not nearly as useless as they are reported in some circles. I used this plane to smooth 1/4” drawer sides during the constructi...

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WoodRiver Ultimate Cabinet Maker's Kit (planes)

WoodRiver Ultimate Cabinet Maker's Kit (planes)

05-28-2015 03:43 AM by Wally331 | 14 comments »

I bought this kit about three years ago and have since used these planes on just about every project done since. I’ll split up the review into three parts- one for each plane in the set, then I’ll follow that up with general comments. #4 Smoother- This plane has been my go to plane since receiving the tools. Out of the box it definitely needed a honing and a good wipe down of the cosmoline covering the tool. The blade was nearly perfectly flat- didn’t take much work to br...

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