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03-08-2015 04:53 AM

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Quality? Worth the price? GO…....

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#1 posted 03-08-2015 05:00 AM

Chinese copy of a Lie nielson copy of the venerable bedrock. I haven’t used it but I’ve looked at them and played with the adjusting knob.. They look decent in quality and the price is tempting. Christopher Schwartz did a writeup and the woodriver looks very similar to the lie Nielson take on the bedrock especially where the knob and tote connect to the body.

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#2 posted 03-08-2015 05:03 AM

Yes well worth the price with v3, for a chinese made plane, pretty solid from all i can tell. Tested out a fleet in WC a couple times. I already have vintage stanleys so no real need for one though.

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#3 posted 03-08-2015 05:11 AM

They work fine, though not as nice to handle or adjust as the Lee Valley planes. Personally, I would pay a bit more to get the LV planes myself. I’ve played with them in Woodcraft, and I’ve played with basically the entire line of LV planes. No experience with the Lie-Nielsens.

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#4 posted 03-08-2015 05:18 AM

I would say the quality is good, I have a #3 and the front toe on the plane is shorter that my Stanley’s and Lie Nielsens. Don’t know how the other planes are designed but I do not like the plane due to the shortness of the toe. I have a version 3. The plane works well except for the short toe. If you use it as only a smoother and not on edges it won’t matter.This has put me off and my future purchases will be with LN.

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#5 posted 03-08-2015 07:46 AM

I have the #6 and it’s pretty great. Blade was a bit warped and needed some flattening, but not much. And there’s a little more slop in the depth adjuster than my LN planes. But otherwise it works just as well as my other fancy planes, and I’m less worried about scratching it.

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#6 posted 03-08-2015 08:40 PM

I have the #4, #5, and recently bought the #62 low angle. I’ve been very pleased with them. (See my review of the #62.) I think they’re a great value for the money.

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#7 posted 03-08-2015 08:48 PM

I have a #4 that I use once in awhile and a low angle block plane I really never use. The #4 isn’t a bad plane although the iron did take a bit more work to get tuned up than you would expect for a plane of that price. It’s heavier than my Stanley #4 by a good margin but I think it’s on par with the Lie-Nielsen weight wise. The adjusting knob on the Woodriver has more slop in the threads than a Lie-Nielsen or Veritas plane does but it’s no worse than the Stanley’s so it’s more a personal thing than anything else. I don’t like the low angle block plane at all. It’s to big and bulky for my hands.

All in all I would say if you are not comfortable with rehabbing antique planes and don’t want to spend the money on a high end premium plane they are not a bad option but with how many good quality used planes there are out there I personally probably won’t be buying another one. I’ll either buy used or go to one of the premium new brands.

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#8 posted 03-08-2015 09:08 PM

I have 7 Lie Nielsens, 4 Veritas and 4 V3 Woodrivers. The Lie Nielsens can’t be beat and the Veritas come in second but the Woodrivers are not far behind. I got the LNs at an estate sale otherwise I probably would not have paid retail for them. For the price, close to1/2 of a Lie Nielsen the Woodrivers are very hard to beat. I use mine (a 3, 4, 6 and low angle block plane) a lot and am very happy with them.

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#9 posted 03-09-2015 02:57 PM

I’ve got one of their shoulder planes and it’s pretty nice. Like everybody said, a little more flattening and honing compared to a Lie-Nielson but they’re good value for the money.

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

I prefer rehabbed Stanley’s for bench planes – I don’t find that the LN’s, Veritas, WR, worth the cost vs a well tuned Stanley. I have Veritas bevel up and scraper planes for high angle and shooting board work, and believe the Veritas planes are the best value in these style planes.

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#11 posted 03-10-2015 04:39 PM

Im a spokeshave junkie..I don’t own any woodriver or LN planes but I did buy a woodriver spokeshave on sale to try..My example is excellent..Blade was almost dead flat out of the box(I would not expect that everytime for sure)..Its a bit on the heavy side but well constructed. Easy to adjust for a LA spokeshave and cuts great..I have to say it has one advantage over the veritas low angle shave and that’s the way the blade mounts in..The woodrivers system is better I think.

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#12 posted 03-10-2015 04:53 PM

Shop Made Tool Swap – 2015: Hand Planes and Spokeshaves ^

All are invited and welcomed.

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#13 posted 03-10-2015 10:56 PM

Have a #6. Very pleased. Had a Veritas blade/cap iron set from on old Stanley the WR blade is considerably thicker.

Lever with bearing is very nice.
Adjusting screw has about 1/4 the slop of a Stanley.

Only thing I was just a little disappointed in the amount of lapping I had to do to get the blade back flat.

I wouldn’t hesitate to buy any WR plane. Just realize you’ll have to do a little blade work, unlike a LN.

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