Shopmade Router Plane

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Project by MrDan posted 01-26-2012 09:47 PM 8368 views 50 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This small router plane is made of white oak and walnut. The iron is made from an old allen wrench. I shaped it on the grinder, heat treated it back to a good hardness, then sharpened.

The locking screw that holds the iron in place is just a cabinet knob with it’s screw epoxied into it and the head cut off. There is a brass threaded insert that receives the knob. Originally I was going to use a thumbscrew, but it just looked too ugly so I had to get creative.

Finished with pure tung oil and some wax for the bottom.

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#1 posted 01-26-2012 09:52 PM

Looks great and I like your locking knob idea, very creative. I can tell it works well just by looking at it, but it would have been nice to see some shavings from it anyway.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-26-2012 09:53 PM

Nice! How exactly do you harden the allen wrench?

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#3 posted 01-26-2012 09:53 PM

What great project. Good job. I may have to make one of these myself.

-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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#4 posted 01-26-2012 10:03 PM

Ill second the request for “how did you harden the allen wrench?” I have been looking to do build somthing similar but have no idea how to treat the metal.

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#5 posted 01-26-2012 10:11 PM

Nice tool, and looks really good too. Nice work!

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#6 posted 01-26-2012 10:39 PM

great little router plane. They are quite a handy tool.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 01-26-2012 11:15 PM

This not only useful but gorgeous too. Great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 01-26-2012 11:19 PM

Awesome. I will third the sentiment of how do you harden an allen wrench.

-- Rule #13: Never, ever involve lawyers.

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#9 posted 01-26-2012 11:26 PM

Hey thanks everyone. For those looking to learn more about heat treating the steel, there is a great write up on Ron Hock’s website. It’s not a thorough instruction process, but he definitely gives enough information to get started.
You’re basically just heating the iron with a propane torch and quenching it. That’s it in a nutshell, but read Ron’s article to get the specifics…

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#10 posted 01-27-2012 12:34 AM

i like seeing homemade tools..great job

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#11 posted 01-27-2012 01:57 AM

Great shop made tool. What size allen wrench? 1/4”, 5/16” ? The cabinet knob is a nice addition.

Thanks for the link on hardening too.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#12 posted 01-27-2012 02:58 AM

Great design. Nice and simple.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#13 posted 01-27-2012 04:45 AM

Very nice tool : ) I like the knob solution !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 01-27-2012 05:30 AM

I like this a lot!

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#15 posted 01-27-2012 05:56 AM

Very cool idea and execution. What size allen wrench did you use?

-- If your not having fun you're doing it wrong.

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