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JeffP

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01-12-2016 12:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane chisel router

I’m shopping for a router plane.

This will hopefully be a “one time purchase” for me. In other words, I want to spend a little more and get one that won’t have me thinking a year or 5 years down the road “I should have gotten the one with the…”

Right now my prime suspect is the Veritas (Lee Valley) Router Plane with the fence and a couple of different blades.

This seems to be about the most versatile and complete new router plane out there right now.

Are there some other ones sold new that I should be considering that are the same or better in terms of quality and versatility?

What about refurbished? Are there some equivalent or better ‘classic’ ones out there? If so, where to shop for them?

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.


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OSU55

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#1 posted 01-12-2016 12:47 PM

As for new, I think you picked the #1 suspect. Nothing refurbed will be as good. A #71 Stanley works well, especially with Veritas blades, but is hard to find with all parts, especially the shoe and fence, and the depth adjustment doesn’t work nearly as well as the Veritas’.

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Don W

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#2 posted 01-12-2016 12:48 PM

complete vintage router planes are pretty hard to come by. If you want to just open the box and use it, I think you have a good plan.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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WoodNSawdust

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#3 posted 01-12-2016 01:12 PM

The other one I would look at is the Lie-Neilson. Which surprisingly is actually cheaper than the Veritas.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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David Taylor

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#4 posted 01-13-2016 04:12 AM

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#5 posted 01-13-2016 10:15 AM

I have the Veritas and love it. But both FWW and PWW rate it and the Lie-Nielsen as equally good. If you get the LN, get the closed-throat one instead (slightly harder to see the blade, but far more stable on the edge of a board).

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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James Wright

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#6 posted 01-14-2016 05:27 PM

I stopped trying to get a good hand router for a good price and made one from an old chisel. The whole project was $1 for a thumb screw and it works amazingly. The funny thing was about a week after I made it I found one in garage sale for $10.

Here is how I built mine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJZhPc7r7bM

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright

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KarnWoodworks

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#7 posted 01-14-2016 05:42 PM

I’d recommend the Dewalt DWP611PK. Found it to be much better than bosch’s.

-- Hey, New guy! http://planerreviews.net/ http://routertablereviews.net/

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hotbyte

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#8 posted 01-14-2016 05:51 PM



I stopped trying to get a good hand router for a good price and made one from an old chisel. The whole project was $1 for a thumb screw and it works amazingly. The funny thing was about a week after I made it I found one in garage sale for $10.

Here is how I built mine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJZhPc7r7bM

- James Wright

Oddly enough, I just watched your video last night as I’ve been considering the make or buy decision for a router plane myself. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone else use a chisel. Almost all shop made router planes I’ve seen done use allen wrenches or purchased blades.

BTW – I enjoyed that video plus several of your other ones :)

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James Wright

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#9 posted 01-14-2016 06:31 PM


I stopped trying to get a good hand router for a good price and made one from an old chisel. The whole project was $1 for a thumb screw and it works amazingly. The funny thing was about a week after I made it I found one in garage sale for $10.

Here is how I built mine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJZhPc7r7bM

- James Wright

Oddly enough, I just watched your video last night as I ve been considering the make or buy decision for a router plane myself. I don t think I ve seen anyone else use a chisel. Almost all shop made router planes I ve seen done use allen wrenches or purchased blades.

BTW – I enjoyed that video plus several of your other ones :)

- hotbyte

WoW! thanks. That really is a huge complement!

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright

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Redoak49

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#10 posted 04-11-2017 01:02 PM

You might try making one. I just did that with the Veritas blade in it.

I am very happy with it and posted a blog on making it.

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JRsgarage

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#11 posted 04-11-2017 03:12 PM

i bought the #271 first, realized how useful it was and rushed and bought a #71. now days, i don’t really use either to often but when i do, it is usually the smaller one for light cleanup duties. they’re kinda a hassle to sharpen…

if you need one on the fly, paul sellars has a good vid to diy cheap router plane…nothing nice as the ones made by JW or Red but will work in a pinch

-- Two is One, One is None

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Bill White

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#12 posted 04-11-2017 03:23 PM

I have the #71. The “shoe” allows the plane to fulfill all needed tasks. Sharpening is no big deal. Just don’t try to hurry the job.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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