Last weekend I attended a seminar on "Fakes, Forgeries & Reproductions" up in Hillsborough for work. While north of the Mason Dixon line (I-40) my wife and I made a weekend of enjoying the many shopping opportunities to be found in the Raleigh Durham area. I went to Woodcraft and bought a Wood River #5 Plane. I'd been thinking about getting a new Jack plane before I finished my dutch tool chest (to be sure it would fit) and after Mike Davis said my last Jack plane purchase was a piece of junk (perhaps not exact words). The Jack I bought back in December wasn't working out for me so I did need something new to replace it. It will remain a scrub plane. Anyone have or used a Wood River #5? It was more than I've paid for most of my tools but not as high priced as the Veritas and Lie Nielsons.
I also bought the Veritas 14 tpi dovetail saw I had been thinking about and asking others on the forum about, Veritas dovetail markers, a leather piece for sharpening and Festool hold downs for my bench. All in all a good haul for the weekend. Except for the dovetail saw and the plane the other items were acquired at Klingspor's. It had been a couple years since I had been in the Raleigh location.