Wood River Chisels

  • 25 Oct 2011 11:05 PM
    Message # 733277
    Anonymous
    While toying with the idea of getting a Wood River #6 plane I noticed that
    Woodcraft is selling a set of Wood River chisels, Anyone have any experience with them ?
    The one thing I noticed about them is the steep price difference between them and the 
    Stanley socket chisels. To my way of thinking there has to be a signifigant quality difference
    to justify over a hundred dollar difference in price.

    Mike Goodell
  • 26 Oct 2011 9:33 AM
    Reply # 733546 on 733277
    Anonymous wrote:While toying with the idea of getting a Wood River #6 plane I noticed that
    Woodcraft is selling a set of Wood River chisels, Anyone have any experience with them ?
    The one thing I noticed about them is the steep price difference between them and the 
    Stanley socket chisels. To my way of thinking there has to be a signifigant quality difference
    to justify over a hundred dollar difference in price.

    Mike Goodell

    I have limited experience with them. I teach and demo sharpening (and a few other things) at my local Woodcraft. In the demos viewers are encouraged to bring something in to be sharpened. In one demo and one class people have brought new Woodriver chisels. In both cases it took a lot of time to get them flat. To be fair, I'm comparing them to LN chisels which I suspect cost more than either choice. On the other hand, they seem better than the blue handles or big box chisels.

    Bill
  • 26 Oct 2011 11:51 AM
    Reply # 733634 on 733277
    Anonymous wrote:While toying with the idea of getting a Wood River #6 plane I noticed that
    Woodcraft is selling a set of Wood River chisels, Anyone have any experience with them ?
    The one thing I noticed about them is the steep price difference between them and the 
    Stanley socket chisels. To my way of thinking there has to be a signifigant quality difference
    to justify over a hundred dollar difference in price.

    Mike Goodell

    Hi Mike,

    I have a 6 set of the older version wood river chisels. I am not to happy with them. On the other hand I have 2 LN bench chisels and I am vary happy with them. They have long side bevels for clearance chopping in between two dovetails, the backs are close to being flat, and the stanley socket chisels I would still say LN. If I could do it again I would save my money (actually mom's money) and buy two LN bench chisels 1/4 and 1/2 in. Make sure you have a good sharpening system which is very important.
     

    T.J. Smith

  • 27 Oct 2011 12:21 PM
    Reply # 734669 on 733277

    Rob has recommended on numerous occasions LN chisels and seems to consider them worth the extra money.  I bought a set on Rob’s recommendation and I have never regretted doing so.  My next chisel purchase, after getting one of Rob’s dovetail chisel, is a set of LN mortise chisels. Just my two cents.

    Stu

  • 27 Oct 2011 7:32 PM
    Reply # 735101 on 733277

    +1 on the LN Chisels

    I have their bench and mortising chisels.  Just last weekend I used a 3/8" MC (with the help of a brace and 3/8" auger bit for some of the deep material) to cut a 3/8"x1-1/2" mortise through a block of walnut that was between 3 and 4 inches thick. 

    I too have one of Robs dovetail chisels on order and am really looking forward to trying it out!!

    Jim

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