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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

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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.

  • Orders outside of Canada MUST include preparation service in order to ensure the plane is perfect before we ship it overseas.
  • 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.

     

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    A
    06/28/2021
    Anonymous
    Canada Canada
    First “real” plane

    The “out of the box” prep’d plane was a true joy to use. This is my first proper quality plane and the prep service made it all the more special to start learning how this tool will start me onto the path of real woodworking. I could not be more pleased.

    A
    06/20/2021
    Anonymous
    Germany Germany
    Perfect - thanks a lot !

    Just great - Rob and his team really cares and has great products !

    M
    06/17/2021
    Matt
    Canada Canada
    Fantastic Smoother

    I received my 4-1/2 the other day. I am very impressed with the quality, and this will not be my last Wood River Plane. I opted to get the Prep Service, and will do again for all future plane purchases. In less than 3 minutes I was taking impossibly fine shavings on Birdseye leaving an incredibly smooth surface. I am also going to be adding a 16000 grit stone to cart on my next purchase based on what I am seeing here. If you want a 4-1/2 look no further.

    JD
    03/13/2021
    Jeff D.
    Canada Canada
    Excellent product, with one minor annoyance

    Hefty plane, feels good in the hand. Fit and finish is remarkably good. Blade was a tiny bit warped right at the cutting edge and took hours to flatten with coarse sandpaper on a surface plate; however, now it's cutting as well as any other "premium" plane in my toolbox. Maybe would recommend the prep service if you're not interested in fiddling with these things or are not comfortable setting up blades out of the box. My only complaint so far is the full turn of backlash in the blade adjustment screw that I can't seem to get rid of, which makes counter-adjustment of blade projection quite cumbersome (eg overshooting the depth and having to back it off, need to take up a turn of backlash every time direction changes). Not sure if that's typical for Bedrock style, all of my other planes are Norris style adjustment and have no noticeable backlash (although I am preferring this style of lateral adjust). The play seems to be coming from a slightly oversized adjustment lever hole in the blade. Regardless, would recommend.

    PD
    01/07/2021
    Phillip D.
    Canada Canada
    WoodRiver No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane

    This plane was purchased to replace a hundred year old plane that had belonged to my uncle who was a cabinet maker, I cant believe the difference. The 4 1/2 is almost twice as heavy and floats on the surface with very little effort and has a super smooth finish. Love it. Phil

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