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WoodRiver #5 Bench Hand Plane, V3

Item #150875
$169.99
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4.5

(33 reviews)

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Product Information:

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 high carbon steel 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
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    4.4

    (based on 33 reviews)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Effective (22)
    • Well built / quality (18)
    • Sturdy case (8)
    • Versatile (3)
    • Flat (2)

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large projects (24)
    • Small projects (23)
    • Home repair (9)
    • Gifts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (23), Professional (5), Casual do-it-yourselfer (3)
    • Primary Use:
    • Personal (26), Business (4)

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    4.0

    Good value, not as versatile as I'd like

    By  Patrick Chase

    from Dublin, CA

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Good Value
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    • Finish Quality
    • Fit and finish
    • Small Adjustment Range

    Best Uses

    • Large Projects
    • Small Projects

    Comments about WoodRiver #5 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    I bought this plane to complement several other Jack-sized planes (#5-1/4W, #5, #5-1/2, Low-angle Jack, Jack Rabbet) with the intent of fitting it with a cambered blade for cases where I want to hog out a lot of material, but with wider/shallower cuts and better flatness than I get from my scrub. The plane is well built with good quality control in all functionally important respects. The fit and finish isn't up to the level of my other above-referenced planes, but they're all significantly more expensive. The blade took a moderate amount of work to flatten and sharpen. I've already used the plane a fair amount, and the blade seems to be made of a decent high-carbon steel though it needs to be sharpened more frequently than the powdered-metal blades in my other Jack planes. I think that these are very reasonable tradeoffs given the price and that the Wood River delivers very good value overall. The largest drawbacks relate to depth adjustment range. I sharpened the blade with a 6" radius camber, which means that it takes a 59/1000" cut when the blade is extended such that it's just barely taking full-width chips (you can't really call them shavings). For comparison, the 1.5" wide, 3" radius blade in my scrub takes a 67 mil cut when similarly extended. I left the primary bevel at 25 deg. I found two issues when I set the plane up as described above: 1. With that much extension the frog had to be set fairly far forward to avoid "levering" the blade on the edge of the sole in front of the frog. I set the frog by painting the edge of the sole with Prussian Blue marking grease, and then tweaked the frog backward until the blade bevel just barely contacted the sole when fully extended as described above. This combination of frog position and extension turned out to leave a very small mouth, and I had to file out the front of the mouth a bit more than 1 mm to pass 59-mil shavings. While this is to some degree an inherent limitation of the Bed Rock configuration, I think that given the typical uses for a Jack plane it might be better to ship the plane with a slightly larger mouth. My existing planes don't have such limitations as they use different mechanical configurations that allow wider adjustment ranges (movable toes in the #5, #5-1/2, bevel-up jack, and jack rabbet; a frog that extends all the way to the bottom of the sole in the 5-1/4W, such that there's no sole corner to interfere with the blade). 2. Because of the tight camber radius I had to set the chip-breaker about 80 mils back from the blade tip (~20 mils back from the blade corners). The distance from the leading edge of the chipbreaker to the depth adjustment slot is such that I could not fully retract the blade in that configuration. I resolved this by re-grinding the chip-breaker with a 30 deg bevel, which removed just enough from the leading edge to allow the blade to be fully retracted. I think this may reflect a design flaw, because even after modification the adjuster still permits a ridiculous amount of blade extension (more than would ever be useful). The Hock chip breakers are spec'ed with a slightly smaller distance from depth adjuster to leading edge FWIW. Again this is a case where my existing planes (which all use Norris-type adjusters) don't have issues as they have larger depth adjustment ranges. Assuming somebody else out there wants to use a similar cambered-blade setup, I think that the work required is worth the almost 50% cost savings (relative to my existing #5, which can support such a blade configuration out of the box), but only if you're comfortable with such mechanical modifications.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Good Plane, Mediocre Blade

    By  Jeff

    from Allen, TX

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Flat
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Blade quality

    Best Uses

    Comments about WoodRiver #5 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    The plane is great, the blade is not. I found that the plane was almost perfectly flat right out the gate, and only required a good honing on the blade to get started. The blade, however, is easily nicked and I find myself resharpening it often, having to go all the way back to my 220 stone in some cases just to work out the pits. Replacing the blade with a Hock blade amends this problem, but that also adds $50 to the price, making this a less competitive offering.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Great Plane

    By  The Crumbler

    from Cleveland Ohio

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Strong
    • Versatile
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Projects
    • Small Projects

    Comments about WoodRiver #5 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    I have been using this plane for a few weeks now and I think it is a great tool. I use this plane to flatten stock and joint edges for furniture that I make. The sole comes flat and the iron is sharp although I recommend sharpening it to your own specifications. The iron was reasonably flat and only took 2 minutes to flatten. I do not have any complaints about this plane and I think it is a very high quality tool, especially for the price. I would recommend this plane to anyone looking for a very good plane who doesn't have unlimited funds.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    3.0

    ok, definitely not great

    By  v13

    from WA

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

    • Home Repair
    • Small Projects

    Comments about WoodRiver #5 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    This is a nice tool for the price. However don't expect the quality to be anywhere close to LieNielsen or LeeValley planes. Plane worked well out of the box (after some honing), however, sides were not flat and badly out of square with the sole!! couldn't use it with a shooting board. Had to reflatten the sole and flatten and square up the sides. Also replaced the blade with PMV11 blade from LV - then it became a nice plane.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    solid design great value

    By  CODawg

    from Colorado

    About Me

    Pros

    • Great value

    Cons

    • No Case

    Best Uses

    Comments about WoodRiver #5 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    Had to do some tuning on arrival,including some sole-flattening, iron lapping, etc, but performed very well once all was done. Now a prized tool... this will see a lot of use in my shop. Can't beat the price for such a solid plane.

     
    3.0

    Decent Plane for the Price

    By  Curley Maple Shavings

    from Colorado

    About Me Professional

    Pros

    Cons

    Best Uses

    Comments about WoodRiver #5 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    Purchased this plane as an alternative size to my Lie-Nielson collection. Out of the box, this plane would be better for oiling wood than planing it, but that is easy to clean up... Completely disassembled the plane, removed the excess oil, honed the blade, and set the whole thing up: and it works decent. I had to almost "overtighten" the frog screws to get it to sit still as it wobbled in use after the first set-up, but then it produced nice shavings in my highly-figured violin wood, leaving a mostly smooth surface. Other things I don't like: Handle is loose, and screw won't tighten any more, so time to shim/add a washer somewhere or shorten screws to correct that. Cap iron tension lever does not "snap" into place as it has some uneven machining on the underside. The biggest issue I have with the planes in general is the machining tolerences in the hardware... There is 2-3 times the "slop" (side to side)in the screws and especially the blade adjuster that make me feel a little uneasy using the tool, and question it's lifespan before needing to replace parts. The brass parts seem a little soft, and not very nicely finished. I do Like: The weight, balance, design, and feel of the tool. Despite the previous issues, I feel the tool is worth the price. The sole is more than flat enough for me, and square to the sides. Finished nicely... When tightened down, honed, and set up, the plane functions as expected. Summary: A great plane for basic use, and at a great price. This should make most users happy. In comparison to my Lie-Nielsen planes, they pale quite a bit to me. I feel the L/N tools are truely "heirloom quality" as they will far outlast me even with continuous hard use...

    • Primary Use:
    • Business
     
    5.0

    WoodRiver #5 Bench Hand Plane, V3 by Woo

    By  Chubby

    from Medicine Hat, Alberta

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Strong

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Projects

    Comments about WoodRiver #5 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    Shooting Miters

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Highly recommended

    By  PlayasTeo

    from San Diego Ca.

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Strong
    • Versatile
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Projects
    • Small Projects

    Comments about WoodRiver #5 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    This a great tool....the finish on it is very nice, the precision of adjustments is extremely good , the price can't be beat , it is half of a comparable high end plane. Highly recommended

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Very nice plane; great bargain!

    By  Ralph

    from Pittsburgh

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Good fit finish
    • Solid Construction
    • Strong
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Projects

    Comments about WoodRiver #5 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    I was really impressed by the quality of this plane, especially for the money. The fit and finish out of the box were impressive. All I had to do was sharpen the blade and I was ready to go and was making paper-thin shavings in no time. My only complaint is that there was no anti-corrosion packaging included as it is with many of the other, better quality planes. I intend to buy / make a plane sack, but in the meantime, anti-corrosion material would have been a nice addition for not much additional cost. Also, I have to say that dealing with the Woodcraft customer service was a very pleasant experience. I had a billing issue that was dealt with very quickly and effectively. Kudos to Woodcraft!

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    it is a great tool

    By  joe

    from sterling heights MI.

    About Me Beginner

    Pros

    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Projects

    Comments about WoodRiver #5 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    it solves alot of problems in my working projects , small or large project.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal

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