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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:55 pm 
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In my thread asking for Knuckle Dragger advice, Dan Moening suggested, "You're gonna end up with both sizes, so may as well get started. " Well, I took his advice and picked up the WoodRiver #6 Fore Plane yesterday, also after reading a few reviews of it. One reviewer who currently owns several LN planes even gave it high marks by comparison. The only bad things I've read about it is that the Lateral adjustment lever is stamped steel, but works well, and that the Frog on Stanley's rest on a pair of linier races to maintain it's parallelism to the mouth, and the WR doesn't have these races. So, I figured the WR was a pretty safe bet, for $140.
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First, it comes in a great little wooden box with a locking rib to keep it from shifting and goobs of padding.
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It was in a plastic bag and coated with light machine oil instead of heavy cosmoline. Out of the bag and a quick wipe down with a clean rag and I put a LV straight edge to it. Super flat! Hardly any light coming through across it's entire length. The Frog is fully adjustable with a pair of lock down screws and a single adjustment screw. A knurled brass iron adjustment knob and the lateral adjustment lever look just like the ones on my Stanley #4 Smoothing Plane. The iron is a full 1/8" thick and the lever cap is rock solid and easy to work without being too easy.

I had to work late last night, didn't make it home until 9pm, so I just gave it a good look over, wiped the oil off, adjusted the iron out and chucked up a piece of P-P-P- Domestic Conifer, and with the factory hone was easily pulling paper thin shavings. I can't wait to get some quality time with it to bring the hone up and see what I get with that. 8)

While at WC, I also picked up a set of WoodRiver Chisels they had on sale. These are made in Switzerland and are Metric sized, but very sharp right out of the case and come with a roll up case and rubber edge guards. $40.
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I also picked up a pair of WR parallel clamps, 36" but forgot to shoot them. They were also on sale for $26 each and are really Bessy's under an assumed name.

So far, I'm real happy with my new WR tools.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:57 pm 
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Dang... You had better build yourself a new tool chest for those! :-D

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Hey Frank,

Well, if Tom's too shy, I'll say it,
"You Suck" :D

BTW- What steel are the chisels made of? They're very handsome looking, and at a very nice price too.

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Thanks guys, TMS-Tom, they are made from 115CrV3 Chromium-vanadium alloyed cold work steel. I believe that they are Swiss made, but can't find anything concrete on the chisles or roll. I think I saw it on the packaging it came in. Here's the link:
http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/208036 ... -Roll.aspx

The iron in the WR Fore Plane is high-carbon Rc60-64.

Still planning to order the Veritas #7 BU Jointer. It'll just have to wait until payday though. Once I get it in, I'll post a pic of my plane family.

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tms wrote:
Well, if Tom's too shy, I'll say it,
"You Suck" :D


Ya know me, Tom. Always Mr. Wallflower...

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Uh oh. Someone took my advice? :shock:

Better be more careful what I say.

:lol:

That's certainly a fine looking plane, Frank. Nicely shaped tote (and knob), thick blade, clean lines.
Would love to see the underside of the frog and where it mates to the sole if you have time to post a picture.

Those chisels look more handsome than the Pinnacle ones WC was selling. It'll be interesting to hear how they hold an edge ... for that price, might be hard to beat.

That'll serve you fine for many years I'm sure.

Still planning to order the Veritas #7 BU Jointer.

Told ya. :D


Oh, and the Tom's are right. ;)

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While at WC, I also picked up a set of WoodRiver Chisels they had on sale. These are made in Switzerland and are Metric sized, but very sharp right out of the case and come with a roll up case and rubber edge guards.

I hear that metric wood is pretty expensive! :shock: :confused:

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Sean McNulty wrote:
While at WC, I also picked up a set of WoodRiver Chisels they had on sale. These are made in Switzerland and are Metric sized, but very sharp right out of the case and come with a roll up case and rubber edge guards.

I hear that metric wood is pretty expensive! :shock: :confused:


Nope, only the Old Growth Metric Wood. :D :D :D

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:09 pm 
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Sean McNulty wrote:

I hear that metric wood is pretty expensive! :shock: :confused:


That joke's closer to the knuckle than you might be aware Sean. :(

Over here in Metric-Land, timber is Uber Expensive, by your standards. :mad: :mad: :cry:

Great Score Frank. So that's why we got the East wind..... YOU SUCK!!

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AWESOME buys Frank!

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Nice gloat, Frank.

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<---- thinks its funny to read an old english chap saying "UBER" ....sorry i just hear kids saying it all the time. I just had a bit of a chuckle. Thanks turnpike :D



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Those tools certainly don't seem to be lacking in aesthetics.


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looks great and you suck big time-- now lets see some wafer thin shavings!
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First off, YOU SUCK!

Keep us posted on the performance of the WR plane.

My planes are all,except for one, older second hand ones.
The number 7 has a modern iron in it, but the 5 has an original iron.
The all work great. The two 4's I have are family planes, one from my dad and one my father-in-law. I have a 3C that curved the blade on to make a scrub plane out of it.


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Thanks for the comments guys and John, that's a nice collection and Plane Till.

I still haven't had much time to play with it, I spent this past weekend up in WY working on the new place. This weekend we're expecting snow, so I'll get to stay home and play in the shop. :D

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