Top-Notch Tools for Less: WoodRiver’s New V3 Block Planes
Did you see Chris Gochnour’s recent review of the new WoodRiver block planes?
Back in 2009, when he reviewed the first release of WoodRiver planes, Gochnour was not impressed with the tools.
But the manufacturer seems to have taken feedback to heart and revamped the designs. We were happy to review the block planes again and this time, Gochnour’s assessment was chock full of superlatives: “flawlessly made,” “fine machining,” and “great performance.”
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The planes include other features such as greater heft for “rigorous use” and a unique knuckle-joint lever cap, which makes blade changes easy and it holds the blade securely.
But the real question is… what do you folks think? Has anyone out there purchased or tried these planes? Any comments?
And what do you think of the price? These planes are cheaper than higher-end counterparts, under $100 for one of them. Yet Gochnour said that the performance was “on a par with other premium block planes.”
Does this affect how you look at hand tools? If you’re a power-tool junkie, does the potential to buy higher quality for a lower price entice you to try more hand tool work?