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WoodRiver #5 Jack Plane (V3)

WOOD magazine rating


An all-purpose hand plane, the No. 5, or jack, plane will perform almost any job you might need done, while providing you with experience and feed back to help you pick your next plane. The 14” length makes the No. 5 useful for stock removal, smoothing, shooting miters, and jointing smaller work.

V3: Like our previous WoodRiver® Bench Hand Planes, our version 3 is based on the reliable Bedrock design and feature heavy, stress-relieved ductile iron castings, fully machined adjustable frogs and A-2 blades but we took the opportunity between manufacturing runs to do a critical review and make a few improvements. We’ve changed the shape of the rear tote and increased the diameter of the blade adjustment wheel to make advancing the blade a bit easier. We improved the lateral adjustment lever and added a traditional style bearing for better control of the blade. We’ve made numerous changes to the castings that result in better “feedback” and a solid feel to the user. Working closely with our own manufacturer, we’ve continued to make improvements in machining, finish and functionality which we feel have yielded hand planes that are meant to be used and offer an extraordinary value.
2-7-16” W x 13-7/8”L with 2”W blade

Modeled after the Bedrocks, Stanley Tool's very best line

WoodRiver® hand planes feature the same heavy castings (6 lbs) and fully machined frogs

Lightly finished Bubinga handles provide comfort and control

Tools require minimal tune-up prior to use

Commonly known as a “jack” plane

Soles and sides are machined flat and square within tightly held tolerances

WOOD magazine review

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Review Summary

This is the Chevy pickup truck of jack planes: a midpriced, no-frills performer that gets the job done. Out of the box, the blade and sole needed flattening, but worked great after that. The carbon-steel blade dulled quickest of those we tested, but sharpened easily. The Bailey-type blade adjuster proved easy to use for setting the cutting depth, and you can close up the mouth by moving the frog forward, but it’s not as easy as a movable toe that slides front to back.
The bubinga handles are a nice touch.

Detailed Ratings

out of 5





Ease of Use




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