Kit and Tools Tuesdays - Wood River No.62 low angle bevel-up smoothing plane archive

Tuesday 20 January 2015

Derek Jones puts this affordable plane through its paces

We alluded to the arrival of this latest development from Wood River a short while back. The steady flow of budget-priced tools made in China shows no sign of letting up and when they are as good as this, it's hardly surprising. The No.62 is a classic design with a 12° bed and 50mm wide blade and features in the Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and Veritas catalogues. Second to the No.4 or No.5 it's probably the next most popular of the bench planes. A jointer and a smoother in one tool that will help you conquer the odd patch of awkward grain or dive across it at right angles to hog waste away quickly. The Wood River version has the basic features of the more expensive rivals, such as adjustable mouth and a good thick blade. The bubinga (Guibourtia demeusei) handles are undoubtedly a nice touch even if the front tote is a bit on the small side. The casting on this one is generous and well finished, which is what you need. The bling on the tool comes by way of a pressed brass lever beneath the front tote to set the mouth opening. It's not classy engineering by any stretch but neither is the price. We could go on all day making comparisons but ultimately this stripped back version handles extremely well and it's a great way to up your game without blowing the budget.

Briony Darnley

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