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WoodRiver Low Angle Block Hand Plane with Adjustable Mouth

Item #151125
$99.99
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Out of stock, order now for current pricing. Expected Delivery on September 17,2015

 
4.0

(24 reviews)

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Product Information:

The WoodRiver Block Hand 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 yester year. 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° bevel. We recommend sharpening the blades prior to use, however they’re impressively sharp right out of the box.



  • Based On A Classic Design

  • Knuckle Style Lever Cap

  • 12° Bed Angle

  • High Carbon Tool Blade, 25° Blade Angle 1-5/8”W x 0.125”T

  • 2”W x 7”L

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    4.1

    (based on 24 reviews)

    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Effective (16)
    • Well built / quality (11)
    • Lightweight (5)
    • Versatile (4)

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small projects (15)
    • Home repair (11)
    • Large projects (11)
    • Gifts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (13), Casual do-it-yourselfer (4), Professional (4)
    • Primary Use:
    • Personal (22)

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    4.0

    Very Good Tool

    By  Blaster

    from Wilmington, DE.

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Easy to adjust
    • Ready To Go Out O The Box
    • Well made

    Cons

    Best Uses

    Comments about WoodRiver Low Angle Block Hand Plane with Adjustable Mouth :

    I haven't used planes in a long time because I didn't understand how to use or sharpen them. So to me they were useless. Since I have recently got back into wood working, came to a situation where I needed one. So I went to a big box store and bought a junk block plane for $10. To my surprised it worked well and performed the job it was intended to and renewed my curiosity for planes. I went to Wood Craft and the internet and started researching planes. With a little knowledge I realized the one for &10 dollars would have to have a lot of work to make it perform correctly. So I returned it and bought the Low Angle Block Plane and the 4-1/2 Smoothing plane and a sharpening stone. It was ready to go out of the box, sole was on the money and blade was sharp but wanted to tweak it. After sharpening the blade It works like a charm. Haven't unboxed the smoothing plane yet, but the box plane works great. Only gave this a four because I don't really have the experience to compare them to anything.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    4.0

    WoodRiver Low Angle Block Plane

    By  Doughboy1941

    from Missouri

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Strong
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    • Lever Cap

    Best Uses

    • Small Projects

    Comments about WoodRiver Low Angle Block Hand Plane with Adjustable Mouth :

    The WoodRiver block plane is a wonderful tool to use and own. Out of the box it came adequately shap for softwoods and some hardwoods. A little honing on a stone got it beautifully sharp and the steel holds an edge well. The sole is not perfectly flat, it is cupped just enough to see light under the stright edge. 15 minutes if that on a lapping plate will take care of it. Personally I don't think it's enough to get bent out of shap over, it's only a block plane. The sides were square to the sole and nicely machined. As for the depth adjustment, it's smooth but stiff and the mouth opens and closes easily. The lever cap is really the only negitive thing I can say about the plane. It can start to open if your not careful or if you take to deep of a cut. Honestly if you use it for what a block plane is designed for you shouldn't have a problem. Even with the lever cap issue I wouldn't let it detour you from this plane. Overall for the price it will be hard to beat.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    nice tool

    By  ajwoodhead

    from San Francisco, Ca

    About Me Beginner

    Pros

    • Strong
    • Versatile
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Projects

    Comments about WoodRiver Low Angle Block Hand Plane with Adjustable Mouth :

    nice plane. lapped quickly.nice adjustable mouth. blade sharpened to a fine edge. 100 times better than my box store block plane.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Very good out of the box

    By  Midnight Toil

    from Cedar Creek, TX

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Inexpensive
    • Strong
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    • Adjustment A Bit Touchy

    Best Uses

    • Smoothin End Grain
    • Smoothing End Grain

    Comments about WoodRiver Low Angle Block Hand Plane with Adjustable Mouth :

    Out of the box it shaves end grain off dry cedar, syp and khaya. I put a 5 degree additional microbevel on the A2 blade, which seems to dull slower than a regular steel iron - but I have no proof. It hasn't needed any maintenance other than the occassional lever cap adjustment, which can be a bit fiddly. Machining quality is excellent: it's square and smooth.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Great little plane for the price

    By  Chopmobile71

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Price
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Repair
    • Small Projects

    Comments about WoodRiver Low Angle Block Hand Plane with Adjustable Mouth :

    I have been very impressed with this plane. I bought it to trim end grain cleaner than my #5 Groz jack plane. A few reviews talk about the cap popping off. I've had it happen a few times but it's usually when I'm taking too big of a bite. All in all, for the price, it works better than expected. Out of the box, the sole was flat, and the blade just needed some touching up.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Very Nice Right out of the box

    By  woodworker 1

    from Charlotte, NC

    About Me Professional

    Pros

    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Repair
    • Large Projects
    • Small Projects

    Comments about WoodRiver Low Angle Block Hand Plane with Adjustable Mouth :

    Reminds me of my old Stanley. I've always loved this style of block plane. I've taken a very nice plane and made it AWSOME recently by upgrading the blade to Veritas' PM-V11 blade. I now have a superior block plane and it's one of my prized hand tools.

    • Primary Use:
    • Business
     
    4.0

    Nice clean plane

    By  4reel

    from Mineral Point WI

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Strong
    • Versatile
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Repair
    • Large Projects
    • Small Projects

    Comments about WoodRiver Low Angle Block Hand Plane with Adjustable Mouth :

    This plane does have a tendency for the blade holder to pop open. You do get used to it and that can effectively eliminate that as an issue. It came fairly sharpe but I put it on my fine diamond for a couple of pulls and it came out beautiful. I did the back also. Value wise it is way up there for the dollar.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Good quality product

    By  The Expert Beginner Turner

    from Savannah, GA

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Strong
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Repair
    • Small Projects

    Comments about WoodRiver Low Angle Block Hand Plane with Adjustable Mouth :

    Great plane for the price. Did a lot of research before purchasing my first block plane and this was the best one for the best price.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    1.0

    Returning Plane to Woodcraft

    By  Mike

    from Paxico, KS

    About Me Professional

    Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult To Adjust
    • Does Not Remain Locked
    • Opens While Planing

    Best Uses

    Comments about WoodRiver Low Angle Block Hand Plane with Adjustable Mouth :

    Opens unexpectedly while planing. Lock mechanism does not remain locked. Very difficult to make adjustments. The #5 Jack Plane i bought at the same time is an excellent tool. Unfortunately, the block plane doesn't meet even my basic expectations.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    2.0

    Not very useful

    By  Richard

    from Springfield, VA

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Not Effective

    Best Uses

    Comments about WoodRiver Low Angle Block Hand Plane with Adjustable Mouth :

    The only way to keep the lever cap on this plane during use is to tighten up the cap screw to a point that is so tight, you can't adjust the blade. Under normal tension which would allow you to adjust the blade, this cap will pop off routinely during use. Also, the milling of the plane bed directly under the blade isn't the best. You can see the tool marks with peaks and valleys which causes my plane blade to be ever so slightly higher on one side than the other, causing you to need to skew the blade. I'll have to pull out the files and work it down to get it flat, but just another annoyance.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal

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