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In this video series Rob takes a brand new WoodRiver No. 5 ½ and makes several modifications to improve both the ergonomics and the performance. Some of these modifications include: reshaping the handle to better accommodate the pinky finger; adding larger knurling on the adjustment knob; removing unneeded friction from the lateral adjustment lever; and polishing various points of contact for smoother operations. These modifications will not make your plane cut wood any better, however; these modifications will make your plane a little nicer and easier to operate.

  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Number of Episodes: 7
  • Skills taught: Shaping wood with a rasp; polishing metal surfaces (I think that we should leave in the “Some of” found in red as these aren’t all of the modifications included)

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Episode 7

Episode 8