Palm Size Router Plane

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Project by Rick M. posted 05-07-2013 05:51 AM 2937 views 30 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made for a private plane swap. The shape is Mafe inspired while the hardware is based on PW’s $5 router plane. The body is walnut, the knobs are maple heartwood from a tree that blew down last winter. I shaped the hex key on a hand crank grinder then sharpened by hand. Finish is acrylic lacquer & wax. It’s about 6” wide.


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#1 posted 05-07-2013 10:02 AM

Great job, I’m sure that will be a great tool.

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#2 posted 05-07-2013 10:54 AM


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#3 posted 05-07-2013 01:36 PM

Very nice, Rick. What is the metal doodad in the gap that holds the blade?

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#4 posted 05-07-2013 01:51 PM

Great work Rick!

+1 for Kreegan’s question.

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#5 posted 05-07-2013 03:02 PM

Looks really good.
Love the cutter solution.
You made a beautiful tool that will be a favorite I am sure.
Was quite fun when i saw it, I was thinking it looked like something I had seen… Then read your post and realized it was mine. (Thank you).
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 05-07-2013 03:20 PM

Very nice and handy tool. I have a version of that but no where near as nice. You sure did a nice job on that one!!

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#7 posted 05-07-2013 03:30 PM

Thanks everyone. The blade holder is a thumbscrew with a hole drilled through.


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#8 posted 05-07-2013 04:56 PM

Nice work I like!

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#9 posted 05-07-2013 05:07 PM

Very nice looking. This is next on my list to make. Is the blade held tightly enough like that? I’ve been thinking I’d have to cut a vertical 60 degree V groove to keep it from rotating.

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#10 posted 05-07-2013 05:39 PM

very nice, have to make one one day.

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#11 posted 05-07-2013 06:25 PM

I have to say it feels great in my hands and is very sharp :)

Thanks, Rick!

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#12 posted 05-07-2013 06:43 PM

Tim, time will tell. I only used it briefly before giving it away to mds2. With the blade cranked down tight it wasn’t moving but it’s possible that over time it may need a shallow groove which wouldn’t take but a minute or two with a file. The thicker the thumbscrew the better. Hopefully this weekend I can get by the flea market and find some larger hex keys to make a bigger version. The blade took the most time. One thing I might change is the orientation of the grain. All the router planes I’ve seen had the grain perpendicular to the direction of cut, I’d like to make one with the grain parallel like in a bench plane.

BTW, mds2, you need to post your bench planes, they are high quality craftsmanship.


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#14 posted 05-07-2013 10:41 PM

well deserved DAILY TOP 3!
A project in the list already

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#15 posted 05-09-2013 12:26 AM

and I wasted good money on a Stanley

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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