Wooden router plane

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Project by ScaleShipWright posted 09-03-2013 07:45 PM 3192 views 25 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first scratch built router plane. I followed the excellent tutorial by Derek from Perth (thanks Derek!).

The wooden body is apple, the blade is made by Veritas and is their smallest model; I designed the blade holder from scratch, since the shaft of the iron is cylindrical.
Here are some details:

basically was made from a brass bar and one of those brass electrical coupling components. I stripped off the plastic, removed the bolts, shortened it to about two thirds of its length and epoxied to the bar; a brass pin made a stronger joint. Then I threaded the protruding part of the bar and made a hole to accomodate the shaft of the iron.

Then I made the wooden knob (maple) with a brass threaded insert to tighten the iron to the wooden body.

I finished the plane with three coats of Danish oil (I will also probably give some additional coats of wax).
I made a first try making a pocket for something like a hinge:

This project was pure fun, especially because I have used a lot of things I had at hand to make the various parts.

-- God exists... But relax, He's not you!

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#1 posted 09-03-2013 09:37 PM

Nice build—looks like it would be a joy to use.

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#2 posted 09-03-2013 09:49 PM

Very nice tool.

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#3 posted 09-03-2013 09:51 PM

thanks guys!

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#4 posted 09-03-2013 10:07 PM

great looking plane.

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#5 posted 09-03-2013 10:33 PM

thanks Don

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#6 posted 09-03-2013 11:24 PM

I also made one with help from Derek. TNX Derek.
I like your idea too.

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#7 posted 09-03-2013 11:31 PM

Now that looks like one handy tool. Build up that arsenal and be ready for any project!!!!!

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#8 posted 09-04-2013 01:32 AM

neat little router plane.

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#10 posted 09-04-2013 05:36 AM

That is awesome. Def need to make one for myself. Thanks for posting

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#11 posted 09-04-2013 06:37 AM

Awesome plane! Great job.

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#12 posted 09-04-2013 11:55 AM

Beautiful piece of work, great looking tool. Have fun using it.

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#13 posted 09-04-2013 01:32 PM

very interesting, thank you for sharing

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#14 posted 09-04-2013 02:09 PM

great tool… should serve you well.

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#15 posted 09-04-2013 02:27 PM

This is a beautiful tool and a wonderful addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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