A box for a router plane #1: Lay out, start up

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-25-2020 03:45 PM 527 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Recently, I picked up, and rehabbed an OLD Stanley No. 71-1/2 Router plane. Thought maybe I could build a box to store it in, and keep the dust off of it.

So..did a search for a design for such a wooden box….interwebbies shown a couple ways….one was a sliding lid, meh.
The other had some ideas I could use…

Hmmm…did a screen shot capture. Seems this was sold on “Worth Point”, and was made in England? Printed out a copy…to use as a guide. Dug out a bit of 1/4” plywood. Needed to mark a few lines, to help size the parts of the box…..the bottom of the box will be this plywood panel, set into 1/4” x 1/4” grooves. Marked a corner…

Then marked things out to where the plane could sit down at..

Seemed a bit too tight…looked at the “plan” again…it calls for a block to hold the cutters in…

Blank for the holder, set it and a couple runners on the plywood..

Good thing I didn’t cut the plywood down, yet…drew a few more lines, to show where the holder will go, and then the end for the groove…

Nothing attached yet. Needed to find out what size to cut the plank for the sides of the box..plank?

With the idea of running the grain around the box….there was a slight problem..

This edge was a bit too wavy to use a square on….plank also tapered a bit, wider at one end….the other edge was a bit better..

We have ways…

Distance between the fence and the blade matches the narrow end…place the “better” edge against the fence, run the plank through…..reset a bit, and run the other edge through….board has the edges parallel and straight.
Board was a bit too long to cross cut here, so

Make a line to cut by, knife the line, and saw away….my cardio for today…soon had four sides cut for length..

But, they were a bit too tall…

Needs a “little off the top”? reset the rip fence again, and see about removing the darker grain…

All set for the half blind dovetails?

Got two corners down..

Before I decided to quit for the day..start up at 2:45pm, stop at 4:30pm…

Swept the floor (and me) up. Still have the other two corners to dovetail…pins first. then a bunch of grooves to do….grooves for the bottom, grooves in the lid for a raised panel…and grooves so I can split the lid off, and leave a dust seal….16 grooves, altogether….
Stay tuned….will do a few pictures of the dovetail work, IF anyone wants….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 01-25-2020 05:43 PM

You doing half blinds for the back as well? Funny, never made a box for my old 71 but made one for the new Veritas router plane, wish I could get some motivation to finish the box for the 45, all built just needs hinges and latch the finish.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 01-25-2020 08:45 PM


Box will have a dust seal….like on my Stanley 45’ box…

And…a raised panel lid..

Part 2 will be along in a little bit…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#3 posted 01-25-2020 11:01 PM

Yup, now this is a project I need to copy!

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#4 posted 01-26-2020 10:06 AM

Having the router resting on two battens is a brilliant idea. So we don’t have to retract the iron before storing the router. And there is room left and right for some accessories.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn (and that is nice)

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