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WoodRiver No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane

WoodRiver No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane
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  • WoodRiver No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane
  • WoodRiver No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane
  • WoodRiver No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane
  • WoodRiver No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane
  • WoodRiver No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane
  • WoodRiver No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane
  • WoodRiver No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane
  • WoodRiver No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane
  • WoodRiver No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane
  • WoodRiver No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane

WoodRiver No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane

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Sorry, our agreement with Woodcraft restricts us from shipping WoodRiver Planes to the U.S.

I own and recommend WoodRiver V3 planes. These planes are based on the reliable Stanley Bedrock design, are very well made, and have an excellent price point making them a "BEST VALUE."

Traditionally, a smoothing plane is the last plane used on a wood surface. When sharpened and used properly, it produces a finish that surpasses that made by sandpaper.  

Because I keep my jack plane freshly sharpened I normally don’t need to use a smoother, but on those occasions when I do, I reach for my WoodRiver No. 4-1/2.   

  • No. 4-1/2 Plane size: 2-7/8” W x 10-3/8”L with 2-3/8”W blade.

  • Heavy, stress-relieved ductile iron castings.

  • Fully machined adjustable frogs bedded at a 45 degree angle.

  • Thick steel blade and chipbreaker dampens vibration making solid planing.

  • Lightly finished Bubinga handles provide comfort and control.

  • Soles and sides are machined flat and square within tightly held tolerances.

  • Sorry, our agreement with Woodcraft restricts us from shipping WoodRiver Planes to the U.S.

Plane Preparation Service.  All planes require some preparation.  For a small fee we offer a complete plane preparation service, for one plane, so that no set-up is required by you. Your plane will be ready to use 'out-of-the-box!  (See Prep Service tab for what is included). 

    Our Plane Preparation Service includes:

    • Chamfer / ease the edges of the plane.

    • Tune the lateral adjustment lever.

    • Remove all of the shipping grease.

    • Flatten the back of the lever cap.

    • Flatten and fit the chip-breaker to the blade.

    • Apply a back bevel and sharpen the blade.

    • Test the plane for proper operation and set-up.

    • Apply a light coat of Camellia oil to prevent rust. 

     

    Sorry, our agreement with Woodcraft restricts us from shipping WoodRiver Planes to the U.S.

     

     "In my past life I was a tool maker. The workmanship for a production tool like this really impressed me. A quick sharpening and this plane was ready for use. I Just recently started using planes. I had a couple of big store planes that were very cheap and cut ok after a day of tuning/tweaking, but do not compare to the results I got with this plane."

        - Trooper82,  Feb 2015

     

    "Outstanding Pla,ne.  I already had the #3, #4, #7 planes (all V3)and I was happy with them...the new 4 1/2 and 5 1/2 should be called the V3.5s. They are much improved. New size of tote fits larger hands better. The adjuster mechanism is much improved. I bought this WR 5 1/2 and a premium 4 1/2 by another company on the same day. The depth adjuster on the WR is absolutely better than the V3s and better than any other plane I own and I have and use tons of planes. Lastly, since I already have many vintage Jack planes, I chose the 5 1/2 on a whim to see how I'd like the size. For the last year, I've kept WR 5 1/2 under my bench because I use it constantly. I seldom touch the other Jacks anymore. Great product. I highly recommend this WR 5 1/2 plane and also the WR 4 1/2."

          - TenDriver December 2015

     “I like to contribute reviews after the "honeymoon period" has worn off ... to that end this plane has been in use for over a year. I own 17 planes ... combination of Stanley (refurbished), L-N and Wood River. The Wood River planes came to my attention via Rob Cosman years ago and after picking up a #4 smoother to try I went on to purchase #3, #5, #6. I would match these against premium planes without hesitation ... in fact when speaking of performance why don't we just go ahead and put W R in the premium category. Are they usable right out of the box? ... no. But with minimal (and I do mean minimal) attention to the blade they are ready to go in minutes. I could go on and on but to sum it up I'd advise that if your on the fence deciding between W-R planes and the premium brands you are doing yourself a serious injustice if you don't grab a Wood River and just try it.”     

        - Eric, July 2014

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    WB
    08/31/2020
    Wes B.
    Canada Canada
    Amost as good as *!!**

    Both my new Wood River No 6 foreplane and a No. 4 1/2 smoothing plane (both "Cosmanized"), make planing a pleasure, and they are almost too beautiful to put to work! Seriously, they are fine tools with lots of heft so they run the length of the board with considerably less effort (especially with a bit of Cosman wax) than I have been used to. The adjustment knob is located just right to easily adjust with my index finger as I plane, which is a welcome change for me. As I add planes, I'll definitely come back to Cosmanized Wood river planes. Loved the wafer thin shavings which came with the planes, right out of the box. Nice touch.

    HW
    06/14/2020
    Hart W.
    Canada Canada
    4 1/2 Smoother!

    What a beast! Had you tune it up ! Set the standard for me to aim for! When I opened the box a set of shavings floated up! Lol Included a sample of delicious maple syrup! Thanks!

    EE
    11/03/2019
    Eric E.
    It’s making my wife jealous

    With this plane and a WR no. 6 I’ve found so much satisfaction in woodworking that my wife accuses me of spending too much time with my new “girlfriends”. An initial inspection revealed the need to file a few micro-burs from around the throat and edges of the plane, and I also ensured the lever cap and chip breaker were flattened to ensure equal pressure across the blade. I prepped and sharpened the blade, although it’s sharp enough out of the box to start planing if you don’t already have a sharpening kit. I like the weight and balance, and the Bedrock features that make it easy to close the throat for planing harder species. I like using my no.6 but I have had a few smaller workpieces where this no.4 1/2 has been ideal. The results are as smooth as glass and it offers the level of control I desire.

    P
    10/26/2019
    PJ
    Great Plane!

    Got this tool and Rob went over how to use it and properly sharpen the blade. His videos on this are extremely helpful. Once this is fully sharpened this plane is so much fun to use. Really great for those smaller areas of wood and with it sharpened there is no need to sand down anything. Great tool.

    A
    10/02/2019
    Anonymous
    Canada Canada
    4 1/2 Woodriver Smooth plan

    Experience couldn’t have been better. I received a call from Rob himself to let me know the plane had been prepared and was going in the mail. He explained everything they did to tune it and get it ready for use right out of the box. That kind of customer service is rare these days. I would definitely purchase from him again when the need arises.

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