Blueprints Wood River Hand Planes

New WoodRiver V3 Plane from the box to your bench ready for wood river hand planes Hand Cut Dovetails vitamin A different feeler by overcharge Cosman sixteen 089. The WoodRiver Standard Block Plane is based on the Stanley No 18 Knuckle Lever Cap” design, considered one of best block plane designs in history. If you don’t have a power planer, or if you are looking for a pure hand tool experience, continue on after the jack plane, hitting the surface with a #6 or #7 hand plane to flatten the surface, then flip the board over and repeat the process. These planes are based on the venerable Stanley Bed Rock design, which also inspired Thomas Lie-Nielsen to recreate the vast majority of the planes in his line. I’m pretty sure they are also sold in Germany by Dictum as their Dick” planes (giggles).

It is used to roughen surfaces of hard wood which are to be glued together, for otherwise the glue would not adhere well. You should check out super tool, he has a monthly email list of used planes if all shapes sizes and price ranges. This enables a very thin shaving with less chance of tear out , in which the wood fibers split well ahead of and below the cut. The tactile feel and light weight make wood planes irresistible to lovers of hand tools.

Recently Woodcraft of Parkersburg WV introduced a small line of hand planes that are setting the woodworking world abuzz. There is a significant weight to the WoodRiver that lends itself well to refining, smoothing, jointing and shooting. I don’t really like Qiansheng planes but there again I’m not that keen on Lie Neilsen either (shock, horror! What it does do is prevent me from going down to the local Woodcraft and examining and comparing a LN product first hand and that does have an effect.

Made in the same factory as our hand planes, these screwdrivers are fitted with beautiful bubinga handles and CRV polished steel ferrules and blades with tips ground to fit the screw heads in our hand planes – perfectly. Lie-Nielsen took old defunct designs and improved them (which is what Woodcraft has done with its new shoulder plane and shaves).

But if I was tight on funds or was buying something I’d only use occasionally, I think the Woodriver will serve just fine. For that reason I suggest buying hand planes one at a time, getting the best quality that you can afford, and gaining confidence with that tool before moving onto the next. At no time did I find any issue causing a problem and the WoodRiver felt very tight and crisp.

Along with this change, Stanley altered the side profile of the planes to the square or flat-sided type shown above, a change that lasted until Stanley discontinued the line in 1943. Modern manufacturers like Lie Nielsen and Veritas understand the value of adjustable mouths to woodworkers and feature them on many of their bench planes as well their block planes. A Lie Nielsen 102 is shown, Stanley # 9 1/2, 60 and 65 are examples of these planes.

My money typically goes to Lee Valley, or in rare cases Lie Neilson, but I would consider a Woodriver tool to be in the mix these days. The right hand holds the side of the plane flat on the bench and presses it to the left against the bench-hook and work. It would be interesting to see whether LN can detect any impact of the WR planes on their sales. In other words, a plane is a chisel firmly held in a device which raises the cutter at an angle from the work, regulates the depth of the cut, and favors the cutting rather than the splitting action. Type A walkway through and curtly demo of the Woodriver hand planes by Woodcraft.

Some planes, such as the Stanley Bedrock line and the bench planes made by Lie-Nielsen and WoodRiver/ Woodcraft have a screw mechanism that allows the frog to be adjusted without removing the blade. The part of the sole directly in front of the cutter presses firmly down on the wood and so prevents the shaving from splitting far in advance of the edge. I saw Rob Cosman holding a new hand plane that I didn’t have and could afford and everything sort of went dark after that!

Even at their prices I can’t afford to buy all the planes I want, but I can at least get started with one, and getting started is the big disconnect at this point in time. Woodcraft has added three hand planes to its private label WoodRiver® line that was first offered to customers in 2009. It just seems like over the last six months or so I’ve been learning that some WW problems are more easily overcome by grabbing the right hand tool than spending time setting up a power tool or buying a new power tool accessory. I would definitely consider adding other WR planes to my collection (possibly their new 4 1/2 or 5 1/2!).


In line with the right hand corner of the cutter is a removable spur to score the wood so that the shaving which follows may be cut out clean and not torn out. But on a profit level, as mentioned earlier, where a $2.50 item can produce more profit for the company, than an entire line of planes. LN wanted each Woodcraft store to have a demonstration area for the LN planes, where people could come in and try the planes. On some planes the knob is used to adjust the size of the mouth by allowing a sliding portion of the sole to be moved back or forward to accomplish this.

When the plane is not being used, it should rest either on a pillow (a little strip of wood in the bench trough), or on its side. I’ll also comment that Woodcraft has no obligation to do anything to protect the jobs of the LN employees. The sale price ($104) makes it a clear bargain compared to its LN counterpart ($265) for the kind of hobbyist work that I do. (Veritas doesn’t sell a #3.) I speculate/assume that the rest of the V3 planes from Woodriver are equally well-made but have not checked them out. Planes of this type have been found in excavations of old sites as well as drawings of woodworking from medieval Europe and Asia.

Working closely with our own manufacturer, Woodcraft has succeeded in doing what hasn’t happened in more than a century: producing a collection of hand planes that are meant to be used, and are surprisingly affordable. Woodcraft, on the other hand, has already demonstrated their philosophy” by choosing the former, not because they were in need of keeping Woodcraft afloat but because they were in need of higher profits and market share. Great review — extremely helpful in my decision making about purchasing one of the WoodRiver planes.

What the WoodRiver does brilliantly is provide superb value hone and go experience that can be used with no extra fettling allowing the user to get on with making things. Even taking into account that many of the stores are franchises the sheer size of Woodcraft is such that a small company like LN could be wiped out in a legal battle. I must also admit that I am very much opposed to Woodcraft position with what they have done with the WoodRiver planes. However don’t expect the quality to be anywhere close to LieNielsen or LeeValley planes. LN was not making a gift to Woodcraft by allowing them to carry the LN products.

Modern hand planes are made from wood, ductile iron or bronze which produces a tool that is heavier and will not rust. These planes are smaller in size (Not to be confused with finger planes which are even smaller) and many can be worked with one hand. After the dust up with LN – there are those who believe that Woodcraft behaved poorly and will, therefore, not buy their planes. As a final thought, it is worth pointing out that many planes without adjustable mouths can still be adjusted. Hand Lie Nielsen Tools, Clifton Planes, Stanley ECE Knuz Tools Highland Woodworking where expert plane with top brands like woodriver, see s full bench other bench come wide range lengths widths.

In modern-day carpentry, electrically powered hand planers (also called hand or handheld power planers or simply power planes) have joined the family. Someone who’s seriously looking at Bridge City Tools is not going to be buying Groz planes and chisels. Perhaps it’s just what I’m used to but Bailey style planes have this feature and it makes it easier and more comfortable on the fingers when setting the cap iron close.

In using the bench-hook the piece to be block-planed is placed with the working edge against the block, with the end to be planed to the right and flush with the edge of the bench-hook, in which position it is held with the left hand. They along with a few others pioneered the hand tool market before there was any hint of profitability. But don’t try to make Woodcraft out to be some sleazy company just because they don’t meet your moral standards.

However, the Quangsheng planes allowed me to mangle enough wood to like it, so now I also own a Lie Nielsen low angle block plane and carcass saw, a Veritas dovetail saw, straight edge, winding sticks, marking gauge, sharpening jig, and a Clifton 3110 shoulder plane. I believe I’m not the only one who has a very tight budget and wants to get into working with hand tools.

It turns out that the Woodcraft where I teach still sells LN planes and they don’t have a demo area (all planes are in a locked glass front cabinet, but a customer can handle them with the help of a store employee). Secondly, while again it may be legal for Woodcraft to do what they did they ARE possibly taking away American jobs. People love their planes reach toll free 1-800-327-2520 essential seasoned woodworker.

But the great news is they are worlds better than the current Stanley planes which are sold by the big boxes and hardware chains; and they are 1/3 of the price of a new Lee Valley, and 1/2-1/3 of the price of clean vintage Stanley Bedrock. There are suggestions that the earliest planes were simply wooden blocks fastened to the soles of adzes to effect greater control of the cutting action.

Router planes come in several sizes and can also be pressed into service to thickness the cheeks of tenons so that they are parallel to the face of the board. Earlier this year I saw two new spokeshaves from Woodcraft under the Pinnacle name that showed real spirit. I will be able to hand these down to my grandchildren, no doubt about it. They are not as well prepared as Lie Nielsen, but only just. They are roughly 1/2 the price of comparable Lee Valley Veritas planes, and 1/3 the price of the Lie-Nielsen planes. I teach at my local Woodcraft and remember the time when LN and Woodcraft parted ways.