#4-1/2 Smoothing Plane
Ships on May 18, 2017
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The WoodRiver® V3 line of hand planes is based on the reliable Stanley Bedrock design featuring heavy, stress-relieved ductile iron castings, fully machined adjustable frogs and high carbon steel...
The WoodRiver® V3 No. 4-1/2 Bench Hand Plane is 2-7/8" wide, 10-3/8" long, has a 2-3/8" blade, and weighs just over 6 lbs. Commonly referred to as a smoothing plane, the No. 4-1/2 offers the user more heft, size and a larger tote than a traditional No. 4. Features include soles and side machined flat and square, lightly finished Bubinga handles, and minimal tune-up required before use.
- 2-7/8" wide x 10-3/8" long with a 2-3/8" wide blade
- Modeled after the Bedrocks, Stanley Tool’s very best line
- Features fine-grained ductile iron castings and fully machined frogs
- Soles and sides machined flat and square
- Tools require minimal tune-up prior to use
#4-1/2 After One Year
Well made, square and flat enough for me. The iron took considerable work to flatten, and had very very small chipping on the bevel edge. I continued tu use it and after many honing so, the edge is clean. Very hard iron, by the way. The setup cuts as well as my old planes, one with a best quality aftermarket iron. Adjustments are great and you will find yourself with it in your hand often. Get past China and never be disappointed.
I own a lot of planes. If you need the most bang for your mula. This is the plane for you. The adjustment alone is amazing. They have a hefty iron and the milling is spot on. I have used this palne for two years now. So this is not an out of the box review. I own a few of the "big Boy" manufactured planes and the are great but I will be ordering a full set of these soon.
I bought this Plane today. Cleaned it up honed the blade. Cutting .0001 shaving in less then 30 min.
Blade is not A2 steel
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.
Very nice plane
Got it for smoothing some scruffy red oak, and it worked beautifully. Very minimal tune-up, and it was ready to go. Nice fit and finish. The extra weight is great for difficult woods and a little easier on the shoulders since less downward pressure is needed.
4.5 woodriver and low angle planes
while on holiday in florida I was fortunate enough to visit woodcraft I viewed the woodriver range and was pleasantly surprised how better the American version was to the uk version so I purchased the 4.5 and the low angled block plane which are unavailable in the uk and I am very pleased with the purchase excellent quality
Diamond in the rough
An excellent plane AFTER being thoroughly fettled. Completely disassemble, then use taps and dies to clean all threaded holes and bolt threads of manufacturers left behind crud such as metal chips and dirt. Carefully reassemble taking care that all parts fit and operate smoothly. Flatten all blade parts mating surfaces including the lever cap and chip- breaker, hone the blade and you will have a plane equal to any others including "L-N". The only difference between this 4 1/2 plane and my LN 4 1/2 is LN has done the fettling for you. This plane is about 6 oz HEAVIER than the LN and performs just as well. These WoodRiver planes are an excellent value in spite of the work required to complete what the factory started.
Great Tool, Great Price
With an absolute mininum of tuning, and proper sharpening this plane will produce shavings of under 1/1000 of an inch. Mine commonly do 1/2 of 1/1000th. There is only one other tool maker that produces this quality but those are around twice the price. The 2X price is worth it for those who love very very high quality brass fitted tools but they don't perform a bit better than Wood River.