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Project by cdaulton posted 169 days ago 3701 views 16 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting a router plane for a while as I continue my journey into madness, I mean hand tool work and the inevitable tool collecting that so often goes with it. Being on a limited budget I thought I would try my hand at making my own. I looked at several designs for wooden planes but I wanted a metal one so I came up with my own.

The plane started as a piece of 1/4” plate steel, I tried a couple of different cutting methods and ended up using a cutoff wheel in my 18v circular saw for the straight cuts and a jig saw with a metal blade for the curved cuts after drilling around my cut out lines as shown in the third picture. Drilling all those holes made cutting the plane out a whole lot easier but left the edges very rough. I cleaned them up with a straight tungsten carbide cutter in my rotary tool (Dremel) that was mounted in a router base. Then I spent several hours flattening the bottom on sandpaper spray glued to a granite cutting board I usually use for my sharpening plane and chisel blades.

Once I had the bottom flat it was time for the adjuster. I used a short piece of 1/2” square stock left over from making my own carbide tipped lathe tools. I cut a piece about 1 1/2” long and welded it to the the base making sure to keep it square. Then I marked the center and drilled and tapped for 1/4” x 20 tpi. A small piece of all thread goes into that. The adjuster mechanism is a 1/4” x 20 tpi nail in threaded insert chucked into my drill press and filed till the nail holes were gone pressed into an aluminum crimp for wire rope that I found at my local Ace hardware. The clamp is a 5/8” ground rod clamp that I sanded smooth and polished a little. The blade is the biggest hex key I could fit in the clamp, 9/16” or so I think.

The handles I turned out of curly Maple I saved from the firewood pile. It came from a huge tree, probably 6 or 8 feet in diameter that was cut near where I used to live in New Jersey. It had lots of dark mineral lines and is really gorgeous. I wish I had saved more of it from the fireplace.

Looking back on it I definitely should have welded the adjuster base on before flattened the bottom because though I was careful to take my time and not let it get too hot it warped and I had to reflatten the bottom. I also would not have made the cut outs so big.

It turned out a lot better than I though it would and it works great. Now I just need to make a box to store it in.





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Wally331

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#1 posted 169 days ago

Excellent work, You put a lot of creativity, ingenuity, and work into this plane and it definitely shows. Awesome router plane.

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lepelerin

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#2 posted 169 days ago

very cool, well done

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Oldtool

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#3 posted 169 days ago

Awesome. Excellent build, great work. Now enjoy.

-- "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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exelectrician

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#4 posted 169 days ago

Very nice … show us more!

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Quixote

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#5 posted 169 days ago

Wow…

-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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#6 posted 169 days ago

very creative and great job.

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#7 posted 169 days ago

very ingenious.
Enjoy using it. I love mine.

-- Jeff NJ

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#8 posted 169 days ago

What a fun project…. Great work…..

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

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BigDawg

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#9 posted 169 days ago

That is, in a word, AWESOME.

-- Shawn DuGay, Wallingford, CT http://www.bigdogwoodworks.com

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Don W

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#10 posted 169 days ago

Excellent!!

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Glen Peterson

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#11 posted 168 days ago

Very impressive, especially without a laser cutter and machinists tools.
Cheers

-- Glen

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#12 posted 168 days ago

Outstanding! Obviously a labor of love that turned out very well.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#13 posted 168 days ago

Using a drill, circular saw and jig saw your results are impressive. Well done.

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

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#14 posted 168 days ago

Brilliant!

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#15 posted 168 days ago

I’m going to have to make one of these now. Curse you for giving me more project ideas! :). For the record, I think the cutout proportions are very attractive.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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