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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Improved Quangsheng No.6 Bench Planes

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I must confess that we have been supplying the new version for a while now but I have resisted the temptation to mention it until we had more stock on the way - sack cloth and ashes for me later! Although we only have a small number on hand at present, rest assured there are will be more arriving in time for Christmas.

So what's new?

First of all the position of the handle, on the newer version (at the front) the handle is tucked up much closer to the frog. Changing this is no small undertaking as it means making a whole new set of patterns that the plane bodies are cast from. The new position makes it easier to reach the depth adjuster on the back of the frog without altering your grip.

Personally I subscribe to the 'have the plane set correctly then approach the workpiece' school of thought so it has never really bothered me, but I know there are those who prefer to make depth of cut adjustments 'on the fly'.

The handle itself is now a little bit taller giving more room for the fingers, a little bit chunkier and with a more pronounced forward lean.

The No.6 remains my favourite size of bench plane, long enough to achieve accurately flat edges up to 6 feet, broad enough to tackle large surfaces and yet still of a manageable size to use for extended periods or with a shooting board.

Beautiful tools, great prices, friendly service!


  1. It's my understanding that the Wood River planes sold in the US are made in the same factory.

    If this is indeed true, will these changes show up in their offerings or are they limited to QS planes only?

    1. Yes, I believe the American Woodriver planes do now have the same modifications. The best would be to check with your local woodcraft store.

  2. Is No 7 also modified this way?

    1. Hi Momir, The 7 was produced later so the handle was positioned closer in the first place. Many thanks, Matthew