WoodRiver No 5 Jack Plane V3

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by WoodRiver
£149.95

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The WoodRiver No 5 Jack Plane is an all-purpose hand plane 'jack of all trades', 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 mitres, and jointing smaller work.

Like the previous WoodRiver Bench Hand Planes is based on the reliable Bedrock design and feature heavy, stress-relieved ductile iron castings, fully machined adjustable frogs and T10 blades. WoodRiver have changed the shape of the rear handle and increased the diameter of the blade adjustment wheel to make advancing the blade a bit easier. They have improved the lateral adjustment lever and added a traditional style bearing for better control of the blade and made numerous changes to the castings that result in better "feedback" and a solid feel to the user. Working closely with their own manufacturer, they have 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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      Delighted

      To put my comments in perspective you should note that I'm a moderately advanced amateur woodworker, but with very little experience of hand tools. I had a problem with levelling a large table top and research led me to a hand plane - don't laugh, it wasn't obvious to me as a someone who uses power tools and machinery for most tasks! I spent a couple of weeks researching hand planes - didn't know a No 4 Smoother from a shoulder plane when I started! Decided that if I was going to get one plane it should be a 'Jack'. Further Internet research took me around the world from Stanley and Irwin, through Quangsheng, past Lie Nielson and Veritas (very fast past them actually!) and finally arrived at Wood River, as possibly the best compromise between cost and quality. I mention all this to show that I do not have real world experience to compare and contrast. However, what I can say is that I'm thrilled with this plane - every element looks and feels best quality with no compromises. I do own a Veritas reference edge and a reference square and found the plane to be square and smooth. Honing took just a few minutes using my 1000/6000 grit whetstones and the wood workers workshop honing guide (which I also purchased). I have subsequently treated myself to a Veritas MkII honing guide, which provides increased confidence in my honing abilities.

      I am now becoming a born again hand tool enthusiast. I've purchased a Low Angle Block Plane (from elsewhere - couldn't justify cost of the Wood River) ) and am now saving for a Wood River No 92 Shoulder Plane.

      One more thing. I collected the plane in person from the workshop and was treated like a VIP. The staff discussed my choice of plane and gave me a quick lesson in setting up and using the device.

      Couldn't be happier with both the plane and the service.

      P
      P.G.
      Value for money

      I needed a new jack plane, but could not justify the cost of a Clifton. My first impression when I picked it up was that the tote was too small, but this did not trouble me again when I started using it. The casting was heavy and accurately square and it performed well as soon as the preservative was cleaned off. After a quick tune up on the stone and minuscule adjustments it coped well with an old piece of Cocobolo and is continuing to produce excellent results on a variety of hardwoods. I am particularly pleased in view of the moderate price.

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      M.B.
      WoodRiver - Plane - No 5 Jack Plane V3

      Firstly let me say this, I was curious to see just how good these planes were, given Rob Cosman's unflinching support of them; but as he does have a relationship with the company I did wonder if this opinion might be somewhat biased.

      I was wrong to be this cynical. For the money, this plane, is great value and much better quality than I expected.

      As I explained to Jim at WWWS, I am upgrading some vintage Record and Stanley planes with new blades, some from IBC/Rob Cosman which are brilliant blades and Veritas PM-V11 which are also excellent.

      However, my No. 5 Stanley was not a good example of the model and rather than upgrading the blade to put into a poor plane body, I decided to give the Wood River No. 5, a go for the money.

      And I wasn't disappointed at all.

      This plane is wonderful for the money. I have both Lie-Nielsen and Veritas planes and although these planes are, roughly speaking twice the price they are NOT twice as good as this Wood River plane.

      Although this plane is pretty much ready to go out of the box (the oil in which it ships to avoid corrosion needs to be removed with a rag and white spirit/paint thinners) I took time to strip it down and tune it up, which I do with Lie-Nielsens/Veritas planes too. I was not disappointed at all and I didn't find that this plane needed much more work than it's premium competitors.

      I lightly re-ground the iron to establish a new bevel with my Tormek, which I would be able to reproduce should the iron become damaged and put a 2 degree secondary bevel on it also with the Tormek. I then went through my waterstones to finish with an 8000 grit and finally put on a 1 degree micro back bevel.

      I put it all back together and set it up and it cut likes a dream.

      My only 'very small' caveat is that the handle on this plane might be a tad small for those with larger hands and the blade advance knob is a little further away from the handle than my other planes, but all in all I would highly recommend this plane.

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    Delighted

    To put my comments in perspective you should note that I'm a moderately advanced amateur woodworker, but with very little experience of hand tools. I had a problem with levelling a large table top and research led me to a hand plane - don't laugh, it wasn't obvious to me as a someone who uses power tools and machinery for most tasks! I spent a couple of weeks researching hand planes - didn't know a No 4 Smoother from a shoulder plane when I started! Decided that if I was going to get one plane it should be a 'Jack'. Further Internet research took me around the world from Stanley and Irwin, through Quangsheng, past Lie Nielson and Veritas (very fast past them actually!) and finally arrived at Wood River, as possibly the best compromise between cost and quality. I mention all this to show that I do not have real world experience to compare and contrast. However, what I can say is that I'm thrilled with this plane - every element looks and feels best quality with no compromises. I do own a Veritas reference edge and a reference square and found the plane to be square and smooth. Honing took just a few minutes using my 1000/6000 grit whetstones and the wood workers workshop honing guide (which I also purchased). I have subsequently treated myself to a Veritas MkII honing guide, which provides increased confidence in my honing abilities.

    I am now becoming a born again hand tool enthusiast. I've purchased a Low Angle Block Plane (from elsewhere - couldn't justify cost of the Wood River) ) and am now saving for a Wood River No 92 Shoulder Plane.

    One more thing. I collected the plane in person from the workshop and was treated like a VIP. The staff discussed my choice of plane and gave me a quick lesson in setting up and using the device.

    Couldn't be happier with both the plane and the service.

    P
    P.G.
    Value for money

    I needed a new jack plane, but could not justify the cost of a Clifton. My first impression when I picked it up was that the tote was too small, but this did not trouble me again when I started using it. The casting was heavy and accurately square and it performed well as soon as the preservative was cleaned off. After a quick tune up on the stone and minuscule adjustments it coped well with an old piece of Cocobolo and is continuing to produce excellent results on a variety of hardwoods. I am particularly pleased in view of the moderate price.

    M
    M.B.
    WoodRiver - Plane - No 5 Jack Plane V3

    Firstly let me say this, I was curious to see just how good these planes were, given Rob Cosman's unflinching support of them; but as he does have a relationship with the company I did wonder if this opinion might be somewhat biased.

    I was wrong to be this cynical. For the money, this plane, is great value and much better quality than I expected.

    As I explained to Jim at WWWS, I am upgrading some vintage Record and Stanley planes with new blades, some from IBC/Rob Cosman which are brilliant blades and Veritas PM-V11 which are also excellent.

    However, my No. 5 Stanley was not a good example of the model and rather than upgrading the blade to put into a poor plane body, I decided to give the Wood River No. 5, a go for the money.

    And I wasn't disappointed at all.

    This plane is wonderful for the money. I have both Lie-Nielsen and Veritas planes and although these planes are, roughly speaking twice the price they are NOT twice as good as this Wood River plane.

    Although this plane is pretty much ready to go out of the box (the oil in which it ships to avoid corrosion needs to be removed with a rag and white spirit/paint thinners) I took time to strip it down and tune it up, which I do with Lie-Nielsens/Veritas planes too. I was not disappointed at all and I didn't find that this plane needed much more work than it's premium competitors.

    I lightly re-ground the iron to establish a new bevel with my Tormek, which I would be able to reproduce should the iron become damaged and put a 2 degree secondary bevel on it also with the Tormek. I then went through my waterstones to finish with an 8000 grit and finally put on a 1 degree micro back bevel.

    I put it all back together and set it up and it cut likes a dream.

    My only 'very small' caveat is that the handle on this plane might be a tad small for those with larger hands and the blade advance knob is a little further away from the handle than my other planes, but all in all I would highly recommend this plane.