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#3 Bench Hand Plane - Smoothing Plane - V3


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Slightly smaller and lighter than the No. 4, this hand plane is well suited for smoothing smaller surfaces, or maneuvering around troublesome grain. Slightly longer than a block plane, the tote makes it more comfortable for extended use.V3: Like our previous WoodRiver® Bench Hand...

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Slightly smaller and lighter than the No. 4, this hand plane is well suited for smoothing smaller surfaces, or maneuvering around troublesome grain. Slightly longer than a block plane, the tote makes it more comfortable for extended use.

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.

  • Modeled after the Bedrocks, Stanley Tool's very best line
  • Heavy castings (4-1/2 lbs) and fully machined frogs
  • Lightly finished hardwood handles provide comfort and control
  • Partners perfectly with the longer No. 5
  • Commonly known as a smoothing plane
  • Tools require minimal tune-up prior to use
  • Plane Dimensions (W x L): 2-1/4" x 9-5/16"
  • Blade Width: 1-3/4"
  • Weight: 4-1/2 lbs.
  • Body Material: Stress-relieved ductile iron castings
  • Blade Material: High carbon steel
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  • (1) WoodRiver - No. 3 Bench Hand Plane - Version 3
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4.43 out of 5 stars
21 Reviews
  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great product. Thank you Woodcraft.

    I recently purchased a couple of Wood River planes and Bench Dog planes. The Wood River products have better castings, machined adjustment components, and use the superior Stanley Bedrock pattern (Bench Dog is a Stanley Bailey pattern). The Wood River product is far superior and a great value. I've owned Veritas as well. Although not as good a product, the Wood River product is a great value for the hobbyist and prosumer. Veritas has some engineered features worthwhile for the professional, but the Wood River products are a tremendous joy to work with. Thank You Woodcraft. Glad you brought these to the market.

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    I bout this plane over a year ago and just love it has a great feel in the hand and is very well balanced it also has quite a bit of wait to it which makes it glide through any wood spices with eas

  3. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    No. 3 V3 smoother

    I have used this plane for about 8 months now and have no complaints. I also own a Stanley No. 4, type 13, fitted with a Hock iron and breaker. The Hock iron does hold it's edge longer but, it's made from A2 steel.

  4. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    This #3 is perfect and works great.

    This #3 V3 wood river smoothing plane arrived fast, perfect with no defects. I carefully unpacked, disassembled, inspected and cleaned. The tapped holes and threads are very precise and high quality. A drop of oil was added later when re-assembling. The large depth adjuster wheel is nice. Because the depth adjuster wheel diameter is large, I took extra care when loosening the frog screws. Note.. My individual frog screws were a little tight. I used a proper fitting (both width thickness) slotted screw driver. The sole is very smooth, flat and square to the cheeks well within machining specifications. The attractive rear tote and front knob are very comfortable for a #3 hand plane. The thick blade and unique chip breaker design are both very high quality. Finally performance of the plane iron as shipped worked very good on maple when set to take thin shavings.

  5. 1.0 out of 5 stars
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    Tried 2 of them, both did not work.

    1st one did not work: Too thin throat opening. Adjusted frog then blade would not come down enough. Returned this one. Waited 2 weeks for next one. 2nd one: After spending a long time hand-sharpening the blade, found out that the blade would not go below the sole. This was because the chipbreaker was stopping the blade adjustment. Wasted gas and lots of time. Returned second one for a refund.

  6. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    you'll find excuses to use it

    This is the 5th WoodRiver plane I have purchased (second No3) and will probably be the last, only because they are so good that they will last a lifetime. Like all the WoodRiver planes they are exceptional value for money and prove that chineese made dosn't mean poor quality. After a small amount of tunning and honning, it produced ultra thin shavings on the hardest of timbers effortlessly. The blade is a nice heavy-weight thickness and takes and holds an edge fantasticly. I am someone that is fanatical about sharpness, and this blade really impresses. The chip breaker and cap are again nice and heavy and make for a great combination, producing no chatter or clogging, just smooth swish shavings. The only thing as good as how this plane performs, is how it looks and feels in your hand. Very well finished and a pleasure to hold. If you don't have a reason to use it, you'll find one just so you can.

  7. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Excellent Quality and Value!

    This plane was a pleasant surprise. It tuned up with relative ease and it's quality compares with plane of twice the cost. I highly recommend the WoodRiver V3 hand planes to others and I would not hesitate to buy another in the future.

  8. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    An excellent plane and a great product.

    I'm a woodworker and I also deal in used and antique planes. As a woodworker I also have several planes I use for my business and have planes from other companies that built planes today. I was in need for a #3 (and only like to use bed rock type planes) and read about the new Woodcraft plane. I decided to buy one ( the price was a factor)and received my plane yesterday. I fettled the plane as I always do with a new plane I buy, and hone the blade to 30 degrees. I was amazed how well it was machined and built. The knob and tote are comfortable to hold, the blade and chipbreaker nice and thick. The bed rock system is very well put together. After spending about forty five minutes fettling the plane I put it to work. Again, I was amazed how well it planed. The sides to bottom are true (so the plane can be used on a shooting board) and the bottom itself I found it to be true also. After years of using bed rock planes (which I like very much) the maker of this plane has made some good improvements. #1 the blade system, #2 it's heavyer. #3 the machining is great. Bottom line I think it is a very good and will buy them again.

  9. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Impressive in almost every way

    It took an hour to get the plane to exactly how I like them. I am returning it for one reason only; the handle is a bit too small for my hand. No problem. I will take it back and swap it out for a #4. This is an excellent value.

  10. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Excellent value & a pleasure to use!

    I was eager to get my hands on this plane after reading the positive reviews, and I was not disappointed. It's very well made and works beautifully. I must confess that I'm one of those people that grabs a plane out of the box and tries it out without sharpening, etc. I used it on several different test pieces of cherry, pine, oak, and it performed beautifully! It may not quite measure up to the "boutique" brands of planes, but for the money (and my limited skill set), it's as good as it gets. Next up is a joiner plane![...]

  11. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    V3 Plane is outstanding!

    I was very impressed with the quality construction and solid feel of my new #3 Woodriver V3 plane. I have some fine "older" Stanley planes including a 606 Bedrock and the V3 is a great addition to my lineup. Like my great Stanley planes the V3 will be even better with the addition of a quality cutter. I would not hesitate purchasing another V3.

  12. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Best plane for the money

    I bought this plane for all stages of planing bamboo strips for constructing split cane bamboo fly rods. I prefer a bench plane for this task as opposed to the more common block plane. Although planes from LN and Clifton are probably the best around, I find this plane to be the best deal going. Fit and machining is excellent and comparable to the more expensive planes. The blade is of suprisingly high quality and holds an edge well. I did resharpen it out of the box, but I do this to all my new blades. Packaging was sturdy and they used a light oil which was easy to clean off. All in all, a great plane that you don't have to take out a second mortgage to own.

  13. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Well Made, Fairly Priced

    I was sure it would need major tune-up out of the box. The sole lapped true in a few strokes and the blade polished out quickly on finer water stone.The heft was good, but the Bedrock style Frog adjustment that I long wanted is more work than it is worth. I liked the hefty curling iron, but needed to lap the engagement surface a few strokes to keep clogs out. All in all just minor issues. The only problem that comes back to bite is that the blade and iron sandwich do not like to stay square in the plane. Torque screw driver?

  14. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Terrific !!

    Own and use other high quality planes. This one takes a proud place among them and the value is outstanding. Thanks Woodcraft!!

  15. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    big problem

    Big problem with the woodriver plane. It's a great plane at a great price. The problem is the upper line plane company {you know who} will have to sell aganist it. I really feel sorry for those guy's. Their plane may be of better quality, hard to tell but, what are we asking a the plane to do. The woodriver plane is doing very well what I am asking of it. Not that I would not take one of the upper line tools, I surely would but, I really love the woodriver plane. I would love to see a #1 or #2 also. Thank you Woodcraft for offering a quality tool at a good price.

  16. 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Just the facts

    Like everyone else, I received the #3 WOODRIVER plane in a nice secure wooden box. I was impressed with the weight of the tool and when you plant it onto a piece of lumber to smooth the surface a clear sound lets you know it isn't easily toppled. I like the brass screws in the front knob and rear tote, a classic touch, as well as the brass blade adjustment wheel which works very smooth. However, the main body was not flat and the sides were not square to the base as claimed, "tight tolerances." I could have returned it but seriously, I may have easily wound up with another one like it and I didn't want to put more money than I already had into a different brand of #3 bench plane; it's a fair price when on sale. I decided to tune it up. I flattened the base and cleaned the sides to a nice 400 grit finish and applied some paste wax. The tote had some side movement so I tightened the brass screws but it didn't help, I removed the tote and noticed burrs where the screws attach to the body, I filed the areas flat and presto, no more movement. The blade, I found the cutting edge to be slightly out of square and when I laid the blade flat and placed the edges against the fence of my jointer I noticed they were not milled straight (a slight bulge). I left them as is and honed the cutting edge after touching it up on the Tormek. I'm ok with the #3 bench plane even though I seem to have put more time into prep work than those who have completed reviews prior to mine. I doubt if I purchase another WOODRIVER plane which by the way is the first WOODCRAFT promoted product I've bought from them; all others items have been Pfeil carving tools and various hardware pieces. This doesn't mean I won't buy more products from them, just not another WOODRIVER plane. I would only recommend this to someone if they were willing to put some time into tuning it up in case it needed it.

  17. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Best planes for the money

    Excellent, awesome, and worth way more than the asking price. I took my time to give my review on these planes because I wanted to be sure they work as good as they look and the answer is a big yes. I have many planes in my colection from least expensive to the very best and these planes stand with the best. I have no# 3, 5,and 6 and the quality is the same. These planes with a little care in sharpening, cut through rock maple and other hard woods like butter with no tear and chatter and holds an edge well. I was also impress how square and flat these planes are, I did not have to true these planes they are already there. I also like the weight and feel of these planes, nice.

  18. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Third Woodriver I purchased.

    This was the third Woodriver I purchased and the consistent quality between the three is evident. The #3 is no exception. It was flat and solidily made through and through and after honing the blade it sliced wood of in super thin shavings consistently and easily. What a great plane!

  19. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Very nice, excellent bang for the buck

    This was my first Wood River plane, but it wasn't my last. Because of the fit, finish and workmanship of this plane, I eventually bought th 4, 5 and 6. For the most part, my plane was ready to go, right out of the box. (the wooden box is a very nice touch) The sole was almost perfectly flat and the blade was fairly sharp. Had I needed to, I could have used it after just wiping off the oil. It does need some minor adjustments to the frog and sharpening, but much, much less work than I am accustomed to seeing on a new plane. This Wood River plane is a winner, especially considering price. What a great value it is. It's really tempered my lust for a set of Lie-Nielsen bench planes. I've not had time to put the other planes through the tests yet, but I think I'm going to be very satisfied with this set. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is that I've not had it long enough to tell if it has the legs to go the long distance. I suspect that it will, but time will tell. I wish that they'd offer some block planes and shoulder planes of the same quality. I'm in the market for those too!

  20. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Super nice plane

    Solid built frame and razor sharp out of the box.I put it to work as soon as i opened the box.Smooth as glass finish.This is a really nice plane.Quality Built as soon as you pick it up.I know if the other planes are as good as the #3 I will be buying more.

  21. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    i love my new plane

    i thought these wood river planes where to good to be true, so i went to check them out at the local woodcraft store, sure enough i left with the #3. i am absolutely blown away, i did not have time to hone the blade, but wanting to play with my new tool i planed a piece of honduras mahogany, out of the box it cut like a hot knife threw butter, no chatter, and made this piece of wood machine FLAT! the price is unbeatable, and the craftsmanship is very nice. the only con, the bottom of the handle is not flush with the sole, this does not effect its functionality, but is bothering me. out of the box the plane could use some time of dialing in, honing the blade, and truing up some things be expected from any plane, but is well worth your time. by the end of the year i want the whole collection of wood river planes in my shop, i recommend this product to anyone whose a serious woodworker, whether your on a budget or not.

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