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Project by ChickenChaser posted 11-15-2015 06:32 PM 1246 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I really wanted a hand router, but didn’t have the cash flow for a new one. And couldn’t find one on ebay for less that $50(including shipping), so i set forth to make one. Grabbed an old alan wrench and grinded the crap out of it, until it was flat on one side. Didn’t do it all in one day, just 5-10 min at a time, just whenever I went out to the garage. Took me about a week. Just tempered the blade with a propane torch. Then went out and got some fire wood for the body. split, hewed, planed and got it to a decent shape. Turned a couple handles on the lathe. The bottom is nice and flat, and the blade cuts and holds an edge well. However, I do need an alan wrench to tighten the back screw or it will slip.





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Mikhail

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#1 posted 11-15-2015 07:07 PM

slick!

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shipwright

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#2 posted 11-15-2015 07:28 PM

I have one of those made from a Allen wrench and it works great. (OK, well enough for my immediate needs).
Nice job on yours.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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htl

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#3 posted 11-15-2015 09:27 PM

Nice project!
When I first started reading this I was thinking what in the world would you use to make the blade???
Well an allen wrench of course Dua lol

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#4 posted 11-15-2015 09:35 PM

”However, I do need an alan wrench to tighten the back screw or it will slip.”

Use a longer screw with either a phillips or a hex head. Probably would be easier

Nice job on the tool

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#5 posted 11-15-2015 09:47 PM

Well now I know what Candys next shop built project will be. Great idea.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#6 posted 11-16-2015 05:50 AM

Nice work. What did you quench the blade in after heating it up?
I built a depth gauge a while ago and used an eye bolt to secure the adjustable brass rod that marks the depth. The eyelet acts as a thumb screw allowing me to tighten it by hand with no tools required.
Good job. Cheers.

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#7 posted 11-16-2015 05:55 AM

You could always buy a knob from the box store

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#8 posted 11-16-2015 03:34 PM



Nice work. What did you quench the blade in after heating it up?
I built a depth gauge a while ago and used an eye bolt to secure the adjustable brass rod that marks the depth. The eyelet acts as a thumb screw allowing me to tighten it by hand with no tools required.
Good job. Cheers.

- Levex


Just Water. Oil would probably be better, but it didn’t crack or warp on me.

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#9 posted 11-16-2015 05:19 PM



”However, I do need an alan wrench to tighten the back screw or it will slip.”

Use a longer screw with either a phillips or a hex head. Probably would be easier

Nice job on the tool

- JoeinGa

Or a thumb screw. (Seems Levex beat me to that suggestion).


Well now I know what Candys next shop built project will be. Great idea.

- mudflap4869

It’s been on ‘The List’ for a while.
Nice job on your build, CC! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 11-17-2015 12:16 AM

Sweet!

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#11 posted 11-24-2015 11:59 PM

Very nice. Also on my list, someday!

-- --bch

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