Woden Jack Plane - No. W5

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Reviewed By: I.Ball

Category: Old Jack Planes

Manufacturer: Woden

Plane Type: Jack

Model No: W5

The Woden jack plane model number W5 is a well-made plane constructed from grey cast iron with squared sole and sides.

The body has a rich dark blue finish and the lever cap and lateral lever are plated. The rear handle and front knob are made from selected hardwood, usually stained/varnished Beech.

Each Woden W5 plane blade was advertised as being made from the ‘best quality steel, precision ground and individually tested for hardness’.

The design and the position of the wooden handle and knob make handling the plane very easy and comfortable to use.

The W5 is very similar in appearance to the Stanley number 5 and the Record 05 jack planes. At a glance it can easily be mistaken for a Record 05 jack plane due to the plane being of an almost identical construction and the finish of both the W5 and the 05 being a dark blue colour.

woden jack plane

The only distinguishing features between a Woden W5 and a Record 05 are the markings on the plane. The most obvious is the name on the lever cap (providing it hasn’t been replaced).

Generally the plane blades, handles/knobs, screws and most parts of these planes are quite universal to these types of planes and can usually be interchanged with one another.


Adjusting The Blade

The blade is secured to a cap iron with the use of a cap iron screw.

The blade (and cap iron) is laid on top of the frog and through the locking screw with the cutting edge protruding through the hole (mouth) in the sole of the plane; the blade cutting edge should be set with the bevelled side of the cutting edge facing downwards.

The blade (and cap iron) is locked in place with the use of the lever cap; the lever cap is locked by pushing the lever at the top of the lever cap towards the blade until the lever cap locks and it feels like the blade is locked firm with no movement. If there is movement tighten the locking screw.

The blade can be adjusted laterally by moving the lateral adjuster from side to side; the lateral adjuster is located just behind the top of the blade. This is useful if the blade cutting edge is protruding slightly more on the left or the right.

The blade can also be adjusted using the depth adjuster wheel/nut; the adjuster wheel is located behind the frog. This is useful for setting the blade cutting edge to protrude to the required depth of cut.

* See the ‘jack plane parts’ diagram for parts identification


Plane Construction

Body and frog:
best quality grey cast iron

Lever cap:
best quality grey cast iron with a plated finish

Cap iron:
best quality steel

best quality steel

Depth adjuster wheel/nut:

Handle and knob:
selected hardwoods

Plane finish:
enamel blue


Plane Dimensions

14 inch

5 lbs

Cutter Width:
51mm (2 inch)


Manufactured Dates

? - ? (1962 - not advertised in 1966)


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