So I need to give a shout out to Dallas, Big yin, and Sylvain ( sorry if I spelled wrong) for this installment of my hand plane group therapy session. I posted a forum on router planes purely out of curiosity as I really did not know much about them. The before mentioned jocks pointed out the ease of building one and pointed me in the right direction. I have built my first and while it did not turn out exactly as I wanted ( mostly my skill level and lack of patients ) it is functioning and gave me a smile. I did have a stumbling block though as I tried to make one first out of hard maple, I drilled a hole threw for my set screw and drill larger on the inside for the nut. It went prefect the nut set in nicely and the set screw was snug in the hole then I realized I was so proud that I had not left enough material for the router blade to be drilled and set.
Needless to say the functioning model which still needs finish has been built in pine and was planned more before drilling. I ended up still messing up a little, I have well over a hundred allen wrenches from working on davenports which why this project struck me as a great idea combined with giving me another tool and shop time. Anyway I drill the whole a little big so as to leave room for the larger allens which made the one I sharpened a little sloppy, I will just sharpen a larger allen wrench.
Oh and yeah I like the longer handles so I decided to put those on. I will probably need a couple screws in the handle on top as it is just glued maybe not.
-- why get a plan when you can get even more experience