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WoodRiver #6 Bench Hand Plane, V3

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$194.99
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4.5

(28 reviews)

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Product Information:

The No. 6, also called a "fore" hand plane is good for jointing edges and flattening and smoothing large surfaces, such as table tops, panels and workbench tops, where you might not want or need the length or weight of a larger plane. The extra length and width of the sole enables it to shave bumps and bridge valleys 7/8” wide better than a shorter plane. Weighing in at a stout 7-3/4 lbs, this plane's additional heft makes it easier for you to shave difficult stock without breaking a sweat.

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 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.
  • 2-7/8” W x 17-3/4”L with 2-3/8”W blade

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

  • WoodRiver® hand planes feature the same heavy castings (7-3/4 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 “fore” plane

  • Soles and sides are machined flat and square within tightly held tolerances
  • California Residents: Click here for Proposition 65 information.

     
     

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    4.6

    (based on 28 reviews)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Effective (20)
    • Well built / quality (18)
    • Sturdy case (4)
    • Sharp out of box (2)

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large projects (19)
    • Small projects (13)
    • Home repair (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (23), Casual do-it-yourselfer (3)
    • Primary Use:
    • Personal (26)

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    5.0

    you don't need to buy two of these.

    By  docwilbourn

    from Monument Colorado

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Strong
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Board Edging For Tables
    • Large Projects

    Comments about WoodRiver #6 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    I had to sharpen the blade, but did not have to flatten the blade or the sole of the plane. I have used it on three projects now, and the blade is still sharp even though I was using it on Ash.

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    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Impressed

    By  Trooper82

    from NOrtheast PA

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Very well made

    Cons

    Best Uses

    Comments about WoodRiver #6 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    In my past life I was a tool maker. The workmanship for a production tool like this really impressed me. A quick sharpening and this plane was ready for use. I Just recently started using planes. I had a couple of big store planes that were very cheap and cut ok after a day of tuning/tweaking, bu do not compare to the results I got with this plane.

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    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Great Plane

    By  noshow

    from East Texas

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Projects
    • Small Projects

    Comments about WoodRiver #6 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    Followed Rob Cosman's video to set up the plane and it worked flawlessly on black walnut. The only complaint I have, and the reason for 4 stars, is that there were a couple of small blemishes on the medal and some staining that I couldn't get off with steel wool. I will definitely buy more Woodriver planes though. I own a Lie-Nielsen 4 1/2 smoothing plane plus a couple of other Lie-Nielsens and I wish I had saved a few hundred and went with the Woodrivers

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    • Personal
     
    1.0

    Blade is no longer made of A2 steel

    By  WoodChamp

    from Grayslake, IL

    About Me

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    Comments about WoodRiver #6 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    Although I went ahead and bought this plane anyway based on Woodcraft's return policy, I was hesitant because technical support at Woodcraft indicated that the blades are no longer made of A2 steel. They indicated that the catalog makes no claim of using A2 steel and felt that the web page needed to be changed to indicate this change. I send this bad review as feedback about an inaccurate web page. More later after I have used the plane.

     
    5.0

    Best hand plane value at any price

    By  Eric

    from Rumford, RI

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Excellent quality
    • Strong
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Woodworking As Intended

    Comments about WoodRiver #6 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    I like to contribute reviews after the "honeymoon period" has worn off ... to that end this plane has been in use for over a year. I own 17 planes ... combination of Stanley (refurbished), L-N and Wood River. The Wood River planes came to my attention via Rob Cosman years ago and after picking up a #4 smoother to try I went on to purchase #3, #5, #6. I would match these against premium planes without hesitation ... in fact when speaking of performance why don't we just go ahead and put W R in the premium category. Are they usable right out of the box? ... no. But with minimal (and I do mean minimal) attention to the blade they are ready to go in minutes. I could go on and on but to sum it up I'd advise that if your on the fence deciding between W-R planes and the premium brands you are doing yourself a serious injustice if you don't grab a Wood River and just try it,

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    • Personal
     
    5.0

    So, THIS what a good plane is like...

    By  Craig in the corn

    from Sugar Grove, IL

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Strong
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    Best Uses

    Comments about WoodRiver #6 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    I bought this after watching Rob Cosman's video on hand planes. I already had a few cheap hardware store and home center planes that I've purchased over the last 40 years. All are junk, except perhaps a contractor-grade Stanley block plane, which not coincidentally is the only one I bother to use. After seeing the video, I was inspired to try hand planes again. They certainly have their place in any wood shop. So I bought the 16000 grit Shapton glass waterstone and this #6 WoodRiver plane. Before I pulled the WoodRiver plane out of the box, I sharpened the Stanley and a jack plane. When I was done, the Stanley worked okay, but the jack plane was still horrible. I was pretty discouraged and almost decided that I was wasting a lot of money on stones and a plane and almost returned the #6 plane without trying it. I decided to give it a shot. I pulled the #6 out of the box, cleaned off the shipping oils, and put it to the test with no tuning whatsoever. Zowie! Like butter. It feels great in my hand. The handles are of nice quality and well-finished. The finish on the entire plane seems excellent to me. The adjustments are smooth and sure. What a joy to use! It's hard to imagine that sharpening the blade will improve this, but I expect it will. $199 for a plane still seems like a lot of money (like most good tools), but it seems to be worth every penny. I'm thinking that I'll get the WoodRiver low-angle block plane next.

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    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Awesome Product

    By  Ammo13

    from Ellington, Ct

    About Me Beginner

    Pros

    • Strong
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Repair
    • Large Projects
    • Small Projects

    Comments about WoodRiver #6 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    I was given the recommendation from Rob Cosman to start off with the number 6 as it is a great all around hand plane. I purchased it today at Woodcraft along with the Angle Trainer for sharpening. Unbelievable that a beginner can spend approximately 30 minutes honing the blades for this and the low angle block plane and be able to put a perfect edge on a piece of Walnut and Curly Maple. I can't say enough about the planes and also the Rob Cosman website. Right now they have a deal for a free membership with purchase. Great deal, Awesome tool!

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    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Excellent value for the money

    By  Turbo, Down Under!

    from Melbourne, Australia

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Comfortable in hand
    • Sharp out of box
    • Strong
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Home Repair
    • Large Projects
    • Small Projects

    Comments about WoodRiver #6 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    Only small tune-up required, although I did use this plane straight out of the box! After lapping of plane iron on a final polishing stone I believe it works as well as LN. Excellent value for the money a solid performer.

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    5.0

    Nice Plane!

    By  dwtexas

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Strong
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Projects

    Comments about WoodRiver #6 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    Very nice plane for truing ends of boards to be joined and reducing their thickness.

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    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Excellent plane

    By  Coach

    from Collierville, TN

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Strong
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Repair
    • Large Projects
    • Small Projects

    Comments about WoodRiver #6 Bench Hand Plane, V3 :

    Very well made tool. Useable out of the box; superb with a minimum of sharpening.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal

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