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jacob34

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I was looking at router planes online and ran across a video which was pretty cool, I think it was for a LN one but I could be wrong I am not familiar with all the companies and what they make. either way it initially convinced me of course that I needed one, after taking a breath I started wondering how often I would really use it.

Is the router plane important in the list of hand planes? Anyone use it a lot? I noticed the one in the video had handles like a spoke shave but when I looked at eBay and other online places they had knobs or the like is that typical? I liked the handles not the other style so much.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log


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#1 posted 800 days ago

Router planes are very useful even if you do most of your stuff with machines. They’re excellent at flattening a dados after cutting on the TS. They can also tweak tenons if need be.

I’m not sure about ones with spoke shave type handles as the ones I’ve seen usually have two plane type knobs or are the small ones with no knobs at all.

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#2 posted 800 days ago

Not really sure I had to, but I used mine to level out the bottom of some mortises on my coffee table… Otherwise, I’m planning on using it to fine tune some dado’s for a bookshelf in the future. Hoping, anyway…

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jacob34

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#3 posted 800 days ago

the work done in the video in a dado was the reason I almost ran out and purchased on right then.

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#4 posted 800 days ago

I bought a used Record router plane, added a Lee Valley blade and used it for the first time yesterday. I had some panels that were slightly bowed, so when I ran them over the dado blade in the table saw they were not as deep in the middle as on each end. The router plane quickly evened them up, so that when I clamped it on the end of the shelf a little pressure on the caul and the panel straightened out nicely.

I can’t say this is a tool I will use much, but for a total $42 investment, it is sure worth having around. It seems to be one of those tools that when you need it, there isn’t another easy way to get the job done.

There is a video on The Wood Whisperer site also about using the router plane that you might take a look at.

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jacob34

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#5 posted 800 days ago

I am enjoying finding the different hand planes, I can’t argue with cost.

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#6 posted 800 days ago

Ebay item number 120911887872 with 2 days to go
its one of the tidyest examples Ive seen.

-- ... Never Apologise For Being Right ...

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jacob34

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#7 posted 800 days ago

that is a very nice router plane

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#8 posted 800 days ago

Go and watch some of The Woodwright Shop episodes online for free. Can’t think of one of hand, but I know there’s at least two up there that show him using router planes and giving good explanations of how and why.

I’d also recommend you pick up the Anarchist Tool Chest by Christopher Schwarz. I’ve picked up quite a few books as I’ve started this journey recently but I loved this one and it’s reasoning.

Just thought of a good episode – 10-11 season “The case for books” shows a good use of router planes. http://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/video/3000/3008.html

-- Wood is not velveeta

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BigYin

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#9 posted 800 days ago

http://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/video/3100/3106.html

this is the one where chris schwarz uses the router plane to make a square

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jacob34

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#10 posted 800 days ago

I have seen a couple posts mentioning the Anarchist tool chest but not sure what that is.

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#11 posted 800 days ago

Jacob, a great ‘first’ router plane is called an Old Woman’s Tooth and you can easily make one yourself. All you need is an unused, neglected, decrepit Allen wrench a block of wood with a hole in it and a set screw. You can put spoke shave handles on it, or draw knife handles or even knob and tote.

It’s one of the easiest planes you can build and performs almost flawlessly as long as you keep it sharp.

I’ve even made one with a piece of 2” angle iron (actually cold rolled steel) from and old bed frame that worked great until I lost it somewhere.

This would be a great project for you and your son to make in the shop and both of you could learn some awesome stuff at the same time!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Texchappy

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#12 posted 800 days ago

The Anarchist Tool Chest is a book by Christopher Schwarz that lays out a set of ‘essential tools’ and then builds a traditional tool chest with them and for them.

http://www.lostartpress.com/The_Anarchist_s_Tool_Chest_p/bk-atc.htm

or is available from some of the woodworker supplies stores like LN.

-- Wood is not velveeta

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jacob34

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#13 posted 800 days ago

make it I love the idea I had wondered how hard that would be. I have seen several hand plane kits and homemade planes.

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#14 posted 800 days ago

Look on Instructables or Youtube for making your own. All the kits give you are the set screw and the iron. You make your own iron from the allen wrench and use a handy screw and nut for the set screw.

You can make it from pine or plastic or teak or the ex’s favorite jewelry box…... the horizons are limitless!

Once you make that, make some card scrapers…... a tool better than 1000 sheets of sand paper and cheaper by far!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#15 posted 800 days ago

I just got done looking online to wet my appetite and have found my next project, after the two I have started and need to finish of course. I worked in a machine shop and am allen wrench rich.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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