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Router Plane #1: Low angle beech router

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Blog entry by MikeB_UK posted 04-09-2021 07:30 PM 485 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, not so much low as low for a traditional router plane.

Traditional high angle router planes are great for final clean-up of a grove or dado, but sometimes you want one that takes off more stock.
For that you need a lower angle on the blade, something more like a standard plane, so about 45 degrees.

First thought was grab a likely looking piece of beech.
However, I’ve got nothing thick enough so I’ll have cut to length and glue it up.


Square it up and plane 45(ish) degree chamfer.
You don’t need to do this, but I find it easier to drill the hole at 90 degrees to the face

Drill a hole, just eyeball it, doesn’t need to be perfect.

Square it out and angle it with a chisel and rasp.

Test fit.

Keep taking bits off until it fits tightly at both ends.
It’s at this point that I realised that working out the angles I needed to end up with would have made this much simpler.
I could have altered the wedge angle, but figured it would be better to change the hole.

And that’s a working router plane, everything from this point on is removing stock for comfort, grip, looks & ease of use.

Time to shape it.

Add some curves.


Cut a slot so you can see the blade.
And done.

OK, after testing it needed a few changes, the grip was digging into my palms a bit and I couldn’t see what was happening if I was planning away from me.
So needed some adjustment.
Easy enough to sort, use a rasp to fix the grip by smoothing the spots where it was digging in.

And use a rasp to enlarge the place to view the blade so it can be seen from directly above.

And that works, I think the next one needs a bit more width and depth, this one ended up just a little small for my hands.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.



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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 04-09-2021 08:36 PM

That looks like it’ll do the job, Mike.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 04-12-2021 07:34 PM

Yeah, the lower than traditional angle makes it pretty good for trimming tennons as well.

This one is firmly in the it’ll do for now, but build a new one later pile, definitely needs a bit more bulk and width before it’s right, I’ll keep using it and figure out what I want to end up with, I’m edging toward something a bit more spokeshave shaped, at least for grooves and dados.
I suspect I’ll end up with a few different ones tailored toward different functions.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#3 posted 04-12-2021 09:31 PM

“A few tailored toward different functions,” will be the title of my autobiography, I’ve just decided.

I can’t think of any tool I’ve built for my shop where I stopped with just one, whether the second was one for someone else in a swap, or one with a few small improvements I thought of over time, or one to do a different job… I suspect I have more fun building tools than I do building projects and some day I’ll admit that and quit building projects entirely, but for now there’s too long of a list…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 04-13-2021 10:58 AM

Try explaining to your sweetie that you’ve bought all those tools just so you can make tools, where do you want us to send the flowers? :)
I’ve managed to convince mine that I’ll build something she wants then something I want.

The other reason I end up making a bunch of some things is, due to the vagarities of the internet, it’s sometimes cheaper to buy a bunch of stuff instead of just one.

I’m going to have to build another 6 spokeshaves just so it doesn’t look like I’m hording blades (1 iron on it’s own was more expensive than this bunch.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#5 posted 04-13-2021 01:09 PM

Yeah, that’s part of it, Mike. As long as I’m producing things that are useful around the house (like bookcases ) or which make good gifts for neighbors who have helped us get settled (like bowls but not for much longer, I suspect), I have an excuse for making or acquiring tools.

And yes, the “it’s cheaper to buy a half-dozen than it is to buy one” often leads to batch production… have I told you about the Stanley Global planes I found on eBay and have bought a few of, since they’re cheap enough (and used to be even cheaper) that they make good donors or conversions to scrub planes or…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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