This is my first Woodriver plane and I am impressed. I needed a #7 jointer plane because I am building a woodworkers bench. I already have a Stanley Bailey #7 but really wanted a tool with a stiffer blade than the stanley. I tried the IBC in my Stanley and had some issues. Unfortunatly when Stanley built their planes back in the day they didnt stick to specs very well. I needed a plane that is going to take use and be able to take replacment parts when the time comes. So I went shopping. I was looking at the Lie Nielsen #7 but my normal shoping place has them on back order. Veratis doesnt offer a #7 jointer plane. Then I was told about the Woodriver #7. I watched the video on Rob Cosmans web site and thought Well.. I can always return it if Im not happy.
For those who dont know Woodriver is sold by Woodcraft this plane is sold for $305. Also this #7 has only been available for a short time.
I took it out and checked it for square with an engineers square. It was perfect all the way around. I looked at the blade and it appeared to be pretty sharp. So I figure lets take it for a spin straight out of the box. It cut the wood pretty good straight out of the box. I managed to get some of my bench flattened and thought I needed to share my experence with you guys.
The handles are bubinga and beautiful, the base is as smooth as glass and the finish all the way around is equal to my LN planes. Overall Im impressed and for the savings of approx $100 over a LN I guess I am pretty happy.
The one and only reason I gave this item 4 stars instead of 5. Its made in China.