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WoodRiver V3 Hand Planes

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.2
out of 5
Brand:
WoodRiver
Model:
V3
Price:
$90

Description

Prices range from $125-$185 for Bench Planes; Block Planes both low and standard angles are $90. The WoodRiver Block Plane is based on the venerable Stanley #65 low angle and #18 standard angle Knuckle Cap design, generally considered one of best block plane designs around. With the widely recognized comfortable chrome plated Knuckle Cap, these block planes look like the standard and low angle versions of yesteryear. Upon closer inspection you'll notice changes to the base castings which not only strengthen historically weak points of the original design, but also improve the blade bedding area. Improved blade adjustment mechanisms allow for crisp, easy adjustment of the blades using the rear adjustment knob. The adjustable mouth is very smooth to operate and allows fine tuning of the mouth for work ranging from coarse to creating whisper thin shavings. The stress relieved ductile iron castings are precision machined, flat and square. Each plane is outfitted with a high carbon tool steel tool blade, which is hardened to Rc60-64 for maximum edge retention and ground to a 25 degrees bevel. We recommend sharpening the blades prior to use, however they're impressively sharp right out of the box.

WOOD magazine review

Affordable hand planes in a pricey marketplace

Review Summary

I build nearly all my furniture projects with hand tools, often century-old hand planes that still work great. Woodcraft’s V3 generation of WoodRiver hand planes reminds me of those old Stanley Bedrock planes: solidly made of quality materials with good feel and performance. And these sell for about one-third less than premium brands. Although each needed some cleaning and minor adjustments, all six planes arrived with flat soles and square sides.
The bench planes have comfortable handles and blades that hold up well. I found adjustments easy to make, although the knobs can be tough to reach for someone with thick fingers. At first, I didn’t like the heft of the block planes—a half-pound greater than my favorite apron planes—but I soon came to appreciate the extra momentum they generate. The nickel-plated knuckle caps fit nicely into the palm of my hand, and dished sides provide a perfect spot for my thumb and finger. --Tested by Bill Damman

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

Reader Reviews

V3's are great planes for a great price

Review Summary

I have the woodriver #4, #6, and the #7, as well as the low angle block plane. I have sharpened the blades on my Shapton waterstones up to 16K and I've been able to easily get shavings off of some 2" hard maple between .0005 and .001 of an inch. This is with the stock blades. I understand that you can get IBC replacement blades that are even better and will hold an edge longer. For the price and quality you can't beat these planes.

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

very nicely made !

Review Summary

Ive purchased the No 4 plane so far and am impressed with the quality of the build and the performance right out of the box. Everything was flat and square and it worked flawlessly. For the price they are one of, if not the best values , of higher cost planes, today. Only complaint I have is the handle is a little to small for me, or maybe I'm suppose to use just three fingers on the handle.

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

A little disappointed

Review Summary

I am disappointed - after spending almost $150 on a number 4 it took almost 2 hours to tune and fettle this plane. I have bought $25.00 used Stanley's that took less work to tune up.
The bottom was .002 out of flat side to side, and .003 out end to end. I would expect better quality control considering the advertising that is in magazines these days regarding the V3 Once fettled, this is a nice, well balanced tool and a good value, maybe I am being pissy, but we as the customer should expect good quality In the hand tools we purchase for over $ 100.00

Detailed Ratings

3.5
out of 5

Performance

3

Features

4

Ease of Use

3

Value

4

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