Axminster Rider Block Planes – Overview of the range

Axminster Rider Block Planes – Overview of the range

In the second part of the Axminster Rider Workshop series, we take a look at the different types of block planes. Jason, our resident Skill Centre tutor and hand tool expert, looks at each plane explaining key features, what they are used for and how to get the best out of them.

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  1. Jim Bo on December 19, 2022 at 1:05 am

    3 months on. I rather like this plane now. I think it is mostly because the blade quality is good. It’s a bit unusual in being large and heavy, but I use it a lot. I would recommend it as filling a gap.

  2. Jim Bo on December 19, 2022 at 1:23 am

    I have just bought the standard Rider block plane. I suspect you need to buy the delux. I have a couple of Qiangsheng / Laban block planes, a bit more expensive but a whole lot better. The pressed steel part of the adjuster mechanism is poor. The blade edge was slightly concave out of the box. The whole plane is big and heavy and not comfortable. However it cuts really well and the extra weight may turn out to be a positive. I guess I’ll find a niche for it, although my Stanley number three would be more comfortable for most situations.

  3. Richard sargent on December 19, 2022 at 1:23 am

    What’s wrong with zooming in so you can actually see the irons

  4. Derek Rowe on December 19, 2022 at 1:37 am

    Hello, I make high end jewellry boxes birds eye maple etc etc, and wanted something better and heavier than the usual Stanley, I looked at the Lie Neilson and the Veritas, but was put off by the price. I saw the YouTube of the Woodriver plane by Rob Cosman and was impressed, I therefore bought the Delux model from Axminster Machine Tools. The plane came in an elaborate box ŵith all kinds of fitted foam packing. Really beautifully presented. However, on closer inspection it was a totally different plane to the Woodriver the lateral movement of the blade was controlled by a thin metal pressing which looked as if it had been cut from a Baked Bean tin, also when I sharpened the blade, I found it very soft, in fact like mild steel. I understand that these planes are made in China and that I ordered Rider and not Woodriver However, I suggest that these items are purported to be high end planes to compete with others, there is however, no such thing as a free lunch. I did find other issues with the plane, and will be interested in whatAxmnster say now that I have sent it back Derek Rowe