Poor Man's Router Modified

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Project by TerryDowning posted 09-16-2013 03:52 PM 9120 views 15 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back I was in need of a router plane, so I made a quick Poor Man’s Router as seen from Paul Selelrs

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It worked great for the first project. I was in need of a router for another project I’m working on and went to the poor man’s router from the previous project. Unfortunately, it would no longer hold depth. So I took a page from other hand made and old school planes and added a wedge.

From the original bore hole made to hold the chisel, I squared out and enlarged the hole enough to bed the chisel at approximately 45 degrees, and then continued to make the opposite side larger and increase the angle so a wedge could hold the chisel firmly against the bed.

It worked well. and I’m pleased with the result.

-- - Terry

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#1 posted 09-16-2013 04:35 PM

Wow, talk about in a pinch. Good job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 09-16-2013 04:40 PM

It is very useful and cheap. If you need it only once in a while, it is the best solution.

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#3 posted 09-16-2013 05:18 PM

Excellent job, Terry! Looks like a fine chisel plane/router to me. :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#4 posted 09-16-2013 05:26 PM


It isn’t pretty but it gets the job done and the price was right.

-- - Terry

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#5 posted 09-16-2013 06:57 PM

Thats pretty danged creative…..nice

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#6 posted 09-16-2013 09:21 PM

The wedge is an underused resource generally speaking.
Nice to see it get its due now and then
That’s a fine useful tool, good one!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#7 posted 09-16-2013 10:07 PM

Thats really clever. One of those why-didnt-i-think-about-that-myself things.. Thanks for sharing

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#8 posted 09-16-2013 10:38 PM

And way easier to sharpen than my 71! Nicely done.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#9 posted 09-16-2013 11:12 PM

Well done I like it,,, thx

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

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#10 posted 09-16-2013 11:45 PM

Thanks to all for the kind comments.

Please be clear though that the basis for the idea is not mine (I’m really not that creative). I got it from Paul Sellers, you’d have to ask him where he got the idea. I suspect that this is a very old craftsman trick that has been in the wood working knowledge bank as long as
A. there have been chisels and
B. The need for a precise depth has been around.

I just added a wedge

To Paul – Long live the wedge!!

-- - Terry

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#11 posted 09-17-2013 03:36 AM

I have to say it, ”you gave your tool a wedgie”!

Ah yes, the power of the inclined plane is underestimated.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#12 posted 09-17-2013 07:14 PM

Great job, and Im sure comes in really handy from time to time

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#13 posted 06-12-2017 10:08 PM

I’m new to LJ … great idea, thanks for posting, I’ll B trying this out!!

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#14 posted 06-12-2017 10:18 PM

Well done.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#15 posted 06-12-2017 11:43 PM

wow almost 4 years and I got some comments.


FWIW, this still exist in one incarnation or another. I still have not gotten around to acquiring an actual router (routah?) plane, and this concept is serving me well, on those occasions when I need a more precise depth of cut.

-- - Terry

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