My version of E.C.E. Router Plane

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Project by albe79 posted 05-09-2012 07:57 PM 6473 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys, I want to show my first attempt at DIY hand tools…
a router plane made ​​of oak, with an allen wrench, and copied in full (but scaled) by a plane E.C.E.
road test…. (first of pine, then oak) .... satisfactory result!!

PS: a special thanks to my friend Enzo, from Sicily who sent me the knob he made ​​to measure!

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#1 posted 05-09-2012 08:05 PM

It’s spectacular!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 05-09-2012 08:12 PM

Greetings from the socialist capital of America – California.
Why do you think they call it the ’left coast’?

I never would never have thought of using an Allen wrench. Good idea.

Moreno Valley’s local has-been.
Servant of the Living God.

-- I may not have a lot of good ideas, but some of them are just incredible.

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#3 posted 05-09-2012 08:14 PM

It’s looking really good! It will be interesting to see if the steel that was used to make the allen wrench is hard enough to hold an edge.

-- Yves

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#4 posted 05-09-2012 08:39 PM

Great job on this! Enjoy its use.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#5 posted 05-09-2012 08:49 PM


-- Nimkee** Joe

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#6 posted 05-09-2012 08:50 PM

Awesome! Excellent craftsmanship, let’s see what this beauty can assist with on your future projects.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#7 posted 05-09-2012 08:57 PM

Nice and simple. I’ll have to give it a go.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#8 posted 05-09-2012 11:52 PM

I need to try one of those.

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#9 posted 05-10-2012 08:41 AM

what a great satisfaction!
I hoped you liked it ….
Yrob You’re right, but only time will tell if the allen wrench is a good alternative to the original blade, or not …

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#10 posted 05-10-2012 10:05 AM

Nice job on the router. As long as you did not over heat it during the grinding process, the allen wrench should be plenty hard enough to hold an edge. The real question is about the quality of the steel used in the Allen wrench. Regardless, you have a functional tool now that can solve many problems in the shop. To get an actual router plane blade that should work in your tool, you can order one for under $10 at


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#11 posted 05-10-2012 10:24 AM

Hi Doc, thanks for the tip!
However, I filed down allen wrench by hand in order to avoid overheating the steel, and I must say it was not soft at all!
well hopefully …..

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#12 posted 05-10-2012 12:16 PM

Very cool.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#13 posted 05-10-2012 04:47 PM

Very nice mate and you saved yourself a good bit of money. I like the ECE planes but I must admit I think their router is a bit pricey for what it is.

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#14 posted 05-10-2012 08:20 PM

great looking router you have made … comgrats with your new toy :-)
nearly nothing beats using homemade tools

may it serve you well many years


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#15 posted 05-18-2012 01:00 PM

NICE, , , love the creativity.

Think I will build one for myself;
I will post some pics when it is completed. What’s funny is I have been looking at buying one but I LOVE this one. There is nothing better than shop built tools WELL DONE.

thank you for the inspiration

-- An aspiring woodworker.

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