Shopmade Router Plane

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Project by MrDan posted 911 days ago 5200 views 42 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 911 days ago

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 911 days ago

Nice! How exactly do you harden the allen wrench?

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#3 posted 911 days ago

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 911 days ago

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 911 days ago

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

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#6 posted 911 days ago

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

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 911 days ago

This not only useful but gorgeous too. Great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 911 days ago

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

-- If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you!

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#9 posted 911 days ago

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 911 days ago

i like seeing homemade tools..great job

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#11 posted 911 days ago

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 911 days ago

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 910 days ago

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 910 days ago

I like this a lot!

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#15 posted 910 days ago

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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