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Project by Airframer posted 09-10-2013 04:24 AM 3321 views 9 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last February I purchased a pair of rough bronze router plane castings on eBay for $15. This has been a work in progress ever since.

This is how it started out..

I made a larger base for the main body out of rosewood and the knobs were turned out of more rosewood on my drill press.

I used a small Stanley depth adjuster knob, infilled with rosewood for the depth adjuster and wrapped more rosewood around some brass for the blade holder.

I still need to sharpen and hone the blade and I have no actual idea if this will work or fail spectacularly yet but all indications show it is solid and should work out great lol.

Thanks for looking!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"





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Mosquito

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#1 posted 09-10-2013 04:40 AM

Looks pretty good. Bet you can’t wait to use it!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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Rick M.

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#2 posted 09-10-2013 04:42 AM

That’s fantastic and what a great deal on those bronze castings. And I hate to ask because I don’t want to sound critical in any way, but have you considered grinding down the castings and polishing them?

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Airframer

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#3 posted 09-10-2013 04:44 AM

Thanks Mos and no I cannot wait to use this thing!

Rick – The casting has been filed and polished it just sat for a while since the last polishing and has aged a bit since. I decided to keep the patina for now. I kinda like the “aged” look of it.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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Rick M.

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#4 posted 09-10-2013 05:13 AM

Very creative, I would never have thought of it.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 09-10-2013 08:50 AM

Great looking tool nice work. Ex Navy here although it was back in the late 80’s

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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stefang

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#6 posted 09-10-2013 09:40 AM

A beautiful tool Eric and nice work on the knobs and getting it all together so perfect. I’m sure it will work well for you. I wouldn’t mind having a router plane myself, but they are way too expensive. Yours is a better alternative.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Airframer

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#7 posted 09-10-2013 10:08 AM

Thanks guys. This was a labor of love done 5 minutes at a time lol.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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CampD

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#8 posted 09-10-2013 11:28 AM

Nice, a real beaut!

-- Doug...

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489tad

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#9 posted 09-10-2013 11:57 AM

That is a very nice looking plane. Sharp blade, it will work.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#10 posted 09-10-2013 12:47 PM

Beautiful job AF. Always impressive stuff coming out of that shop of yours.

-- ~Tony

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CL810

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#11 posted 09-10-2013 01:22 PM

Eric, that is some fine craftsmanship.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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Don W

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#12 posted 09-10-2013 01:44 PM

the man’s got talent, no doubt!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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BTimmons

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#13 posted 09-10-2013 03:23 PM

Wow. The brass and rosewood have a great old fashioned Victorian look.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Marty 529

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#14 posted 09-10-2013 03:26 PM

How old are the castings? Beautiful job. I agree with leaving the patina. I love the aged look as well :)

-- Marty, Ohio

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RGtools

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#15 posted 09-10-2013 03:56 PM

I like it. It’s got a kind of steampunk feel to it. Never thought I would describe a tool that way and consider it a compliment. Great job.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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