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WoodRiver No. 5-1/2 Jack Plane with Preparation Service

WoodRiver 5-1/2 Jack Plane
  • WoodRiver 5-1/2 Jack Plane
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  • WoodRiver 5-1/2 Bench Plane
  • WoodRiver 5-1/2 Bench Plane
  • WoodRiver 5-1/2 Bench Plane
  • WoodRiver 5-1/2 Bench Plane
  • WoodRiver 5-1/2 Bench Plane
  • WoodRiver 5-1/2 Bench Plane
  • WoodRiver 5-1/2 Bench Plane
  • WoodRiver 5-1/2 Bench Plane
  • WoodRiver 5-1/2 Bench Plane
  • WoodRiver 5-1/2 Bench Plane

WoodRiver No. 5-1/2 Jack Plane with Preparation Service

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Sorry no U.S. orders on WoodRiver planes - See Woodcraft.

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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."

 All of our WoodRiver bench planes receive our Cosman preparation service so they are100% ready to use out of the box.  See prep service below for description of what we do.

Jack planes are general-purpose bench planes, typically with bodies between 13 and 16 inches long.  As the name implies they are a "jack of all trades" and can perform most of the work of a smoother and on small and medium stock can perform as a jointer plane.

I use my WoodRiver No. 5-1/2 Jack plane for 85% of all my planing operations.  It is my "go to" plane and I recommend it as your first plane purchase.

Plane Description

  • No. 5-1/2 Plane size: 2-7/8" wide x 14-15/16" long with a 2-3/8"-wide blade

  • Heavy, stress-relieved ductile iron castings.
  • Fully machined adjustable frogs bedded at a 45 degree angle.

  • Thick (.125 inch) steel blade and chipbreaker dampens vibration making solid planing.

  • Rockwell 60-62 hardness blade
  • 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.

Our Plane Preparation Service includes:

  • Chamfer / ease the edges of the plane.

  • Tune the lateral adjustment lever.

  • Remove all of the shipping grease.

  • Ensure the sides are within +/- 0.0015 of an inch square to the sole.
  • 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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    VE
    02/05/2023
    Vincent E.
    Belgium Belgium

    beautiful tool !

    I used my new Woodriver 5-1/2 to plane my old workbench made out of beech. This Jack plane is just amazing! The ruler trick is magical. I’m not mastering the art (yet) so I finished with a scraper to get rid of plane marks. I tried on softer wood as well and being able to get shavings so thin you can actually read through gave me so much pleasure ! Thanks Rob!

    RobCosman.com WoodRiver No. 5-1/2 Jack Plane with Preparation Service Review
    DF
    01/27/2023
    Dana F.
    Canada Canada

    5 1/2 Jack Plane

    Setup was excellent. Nive even shavings right out of the box.

    H
    01/14/2023
    Hayden
    Australia Australia

    Bit of a disaster

    I ordered mine back in November and sent several emails outlining problems I was having with the plane. I received the first and only response after 2-3 weeks apologising and saying that my emails were for some unknown reason going to the bottom of their list. Even though I replied to that email straight away and sent several more, I’ve received no further reply. Pretty much everything was defective despite the extra cost of preparation service. The left side of the plane was out of tolerance more than the prep service was supposed to guarantee but that’s okay because I don’t use the left side. The right side though was even further out and this was despite the fact that it had obviously been worked on. The side was incredibly scratched up to the point I’m honestly surprised it was sent out looking the way it did. The right side also wasn’t flat. The mouth was filed way out of square and the blade a little out of square the opposite way. A test cut on a narrow piece went okay. Using it on a board wider than the plane was a disaster. The blade was badly cupped, I know this isn’t uncommon but this would have had to have been close to the limit of acceptability and takes a ridiculously long time to sharpen because of it. The bigger problem was how badly cupped the chip breaker was. Pressure from the lever cap was transferred only the the edges of the blade. To get the middle of the plane to cut at all required the lever cap to be so loose that the whole assembly fell apart after a couple of passes. The problem would have easily been identified had it been tested on a board wider than the plane before it was shipped out. After about a month of owning it and not been able to use it for anything, I ended up buying a new Hock blade and chip breaker and everything worked as it should have done in the first place, once of course I fixed all the other problems. The extra cost of this plus all the time in lost productivity and a brand new Lie Nielsen would have been a cheaper option. I was really keen on getting a WoodRiver no 7 but I’ve decided against that now.

    HE
    01/14/2023
    Hayden E.
    Australia Australia

    Bit of a disaster

    I ordered mine back in November and sent several emails outlining problems I was having with the plane. I received the first and only response after 2-3 weeks apologising and saying that my emails were for some unknown reason going to the bottom of their list. Even though I replied to that email straight away and sent several more, I’ve received no further reply. Pretty much everything was defective despite the extra cost of preparation service. The left side of the plane was out of tolerance more than the prep service was supposed to guarantee but that’s okay because I don’t use the left side. The right side though was even further out and this was despite the fact that it had obviously been worked on. The side was incredibly scratched up to the point I’m honestly surprised it was sent out looking the way it did. The right side also wasn’t flat. The mouth was filed way out of square and the blade a little out of square the opposite way. A test cut on a narrow piece went okay. Using it on a board wider than the plane was a disaster. The blade was badly cupped, I know this isn’t uncommon but this would have had to have been close to the limit of acceptability and takes a ridiculously long time to sharpen because of it. The bigger problem was how badly cupped the chip breaker was. Pressure from the lever cap was transferred only the the edges of the blade. To get the middle of the plane to cut at all required the lever cap to be so loose that the whole assembly fell apart after a couple of passes. The problem would have easily been identified had it been tested on a board wider than the plane before it was shipped out. After about a month of owning it and not been able to use it for anything, I ended up buying a new Hock blade and chip breaker and everything worked as it should have done in the first place, once of course I fixed all the other problems. The extra cost of this plus all the time in lost productivity and a brand new Lie Nielsen would have been a cheaper option. I was really keen on getting a WoodRiver no 7 but I’ve decided against that now.

    WB
    01/09/2023
    Wayne B.
    Canada Canada

    Just plane excellent.

    Great plane. Rob Cosman is the Master! The only problem with that is, he's always sold out of the good stuff... :)