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Project by Kevin posted 765 days ago 4395 views 38 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had wanted to buy a router plane, but for all the more I would use it I didn’t want to spend the money. I found plans for a shop made version in Popular Woodworking August 2005. The article was called $5 Router. It probably cost me less than $5.00. I already had an old allen wrench, just had to pick up a thumbscrew and a wingnut. I had a piece of white oak I wanted to use but it was too thin so I used this piece of Red oak I had laying around. Finish is BLO and mineral spirits 2:1. I tried it out a little worked good, but I still have to put it to a little harder of a test when I get time. I dont need one often but they are nice to have when you do need it. I did make a few changes to the plane. I used a 5/16 thumbscrew and wingnut instead of 3/8 just cause that is what I found at the home center in the length I needed.

Thanks for looking.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch





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#1 posted 765 days ago

Great post! All the pictures are very helpful. Does the allen wrench blade move at all, or does the thumb screw keep it really tight?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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jjw5858

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#2 posted 765 days ago

Great job on this, enjoy the shavings!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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Kevin

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#3 posted 765 days ago

Thanks for the comments. Brandon once you tighten up the allen wrench with the thumbscrew it doesn’t move a bit. That part of it works better than I thought it would. Just be careful when your filing the hole hexagonal that you don’t take to much off. The key is a tight fit in the thumbscrew and also a tight fit against the inside of the plane body once you tighten up the wingnut.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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#4 posted 765 days ago

Great work Kevin! Turned out really nice! You might not need it often but when you do need it, I’m sure this will come in very handy.

-- If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.

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#5 posted 765 days ago

Thanks Ryan, I guess you’ll get to see it in person next weekend.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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Oldtool

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#6 posted 765 days ago

Nice job, well done. Did you harden the Allen wrench after grinding?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Arcola60

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#7 posted 765 days ago

Nice job Kevin. I made the exact same router plane from that article.
It turned out really well. Just like yours. I have used mine quite a bit
since It was made.

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Kevin

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#8 posted 765 days ago

Thank you for the nice comments. Oldtool, I did not harden the allen wrench but I kept a container of water right beside me and kept dipping the wrench to keep it from heating up. I also touched the edge up with a wet stone, which made it quite a bit sharper. Arcola, thanks I imagine that since I have it now I’ll use it more than I thought I would.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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#9 posted 765 days ago

Great looking shop made plane

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy

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Oldtool

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#10 posted 765 days ago

Kevin:
If you come up with a design to make a smaller router, like the Stanley 271, or the Veritas, http://www.inthewoodshop.com/ToolReviews/The%20Veritas%20Small%20Router%20Plane.html
Please post. In the mean time I’m going to search the Internet for one.
Thanks

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Oldtool

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#11 posted 764 days ago

Kevin,
Disregard my previous post, searched with Google, and came up with this:
http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/22902
Guess I should have looked in LJs in the first place.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Kevin

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#12 posted 764 days ago

Thanks oldtool I’ll defenitely check out that link.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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Terry

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#13 posted 764 days ago

Kevin, nice job love the wood grain, you should have enough tools now that we can do a project together someday Terry

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#14 posted 764 days ago

How thick did you end up getting this to be? Is it comfortable in the hands?

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#15 posted 764 days ago

Nice looking tool, but for the life of me i cant figure out what exactly you would do with it. Could you show what it can do?

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