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Forum topic by Iggles88 posted 395 days ago 674 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi all, I’m looking to get a router plane, I’m considering either a lee valley plane, a plane made by one of my favorite wooden hand tool makers and making one myself. I have a few questions for the more experienced hand tool woodworkers. First, does it make a huge difference between metal and wood bodied router planes? I have used both types of bench planes but not sure how a router plane would differ. Second lee valley only includes a 1/2” cutter in their plane and to me that seems way too big, I don’t want to have to buy more blades on top of buying the plane. And third do you have any suggestions on other router planes or reasons I should choose one over the other. I like the idea of building my own but I imagine it would be tough to make a tool that would work as well as one of the ones I could buy.

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#1 posted 395 days ago

IMHO, it depends on whether you’d rather spend your time making a tool or working wood. A homemade one will work just as well as a “store bought” one with the exception of the ease of dialing in the depth with the store bought. Personally, I spend my time rehabbing/hoarding tools but if I were looking for one to use, I’d look at the LV or a vintage Stanley 71. You can get a decent Stanley for around $50. Oh, you’ll be surprised how nice that 1/2” cutter is and how nice it is to have a couple of other sizes.

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#2 posted 394 days ago

Won’t say I’m experienced but I’m halfway through building one. I found the $5 router plans online and there’s an LJer, Derek, from Australia that also has some plans on his site. I’ll post links if you want them. If you use allen keys for your blades then the number of blades is limited only by the number you are willing to grind, as long as you make a way to hold each one. A lot of the plans called for drilling a hole in a thumb screw, but I just found different eye bolts of the right sizes. Seems like it will be fine so far. I also liked that I can make flat front and V front blades of each size and it’s easy enough to make two or more different sized bodies for different jobs.

Only reason it’s not finished is it’s lower on the priority list so I only work on it sporadically in my already very limited shop time.

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#3 posted 393 days ago

They are easy and fun to make, unless you have a production schedule to meet I would build one whether you eventually buy one or not.

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