First router plane - small or large?

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Forum topic by Pendragon1998 posted 03-30-2014 01:27 AM 790 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2014 01:27 AM

I’m trying to decide on my first router plane. I want to make some small boxes for starters, and I’d also like to build some bookcases. I considered going with an old stanley plane, but I like what I’ve read about the blade holding updates on the Veritas model. The small Veritas plane seems like it might be better suited to doing grooves in small boxes, but I think it would be undersized for bookcase dadoes.

Which of the two would be the most versatile in the short term? I will probably eventually get both sizes, but which is better for starters, given what I want to build?


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#1 posted 03-30-2014 02:31 AM

I’d start with the large one for the versatility. There is a much wider choice of blades and I’d be surprised if it didn’t do almost everything you need. With that one, if you need to work on small items, you can add an auxiliary wooden base to close up the mouth around the cutter—there are a couple screw holes in the body specifically for that type of purpose. I can’t imagine trying to do dadoes of any size with the small one.

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#2 posted 03-30-2014 02:42 AM

Honestly, there’s not much overlap for me between a small and a large router plane so I have both.

The small router plane is much more useful for hinge mortises and other small precise work than it is for grooving. You can certainly groove with one, but it’s going to be more tedious (and probably not as precise since you don’t have a fence to register against the workpiece).

I’d definitely start with the large one—you can get smaller blades for it if your work dictates that.

Also, consider the Lie-Nielsen small router plane over the Veritas. The L-N has square-shanked blades as opposed to the round ones on the Veritas; I’ve run into some difficulty in the past with the blade wanting to rotate on my Veritas small router plane. (Also, L-N makes a depth stop for their small router planes. Veritas has one in the works but it’s not available yet.)

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#3 posted 03-30-2014 02:55 AM

Large5 as per satanly 7x.x

There are really limited applications for the 271-ish

certainly for small hinges, but not larger 3” and larger…

Just my thoughts about utility in my practice.


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#4 posted 03-30-2014 06:48 AM

+1 big router

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#5 posted 03-30-2014 09:01 PM

Thanks, y’all. Sounds like the large router is the one to go with!

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