homemade router plane

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Project by chancey posted 05-24-2015 02:08 AM 2760 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a router plane but didn’t really need one so i watched a couple videos on youtube and thought i would give it a go. This is what i made out of one piece of left over red oak. I found a couple old door knobs at an antique shop and tapped them for handles, flattened the sole and put a threaded insert in the back so a thumb screw could be used to stop the blade. The blades are some old Allen keys that I ground down and sharpened. I used some pieces that i could clamp on the top of the sharpened Allen keys for a depth stop. The front of the mortise that the key goes down has a piece of steel on the front of it to help it stay in line. It was a lot of fun to try and has came in handy. hope this is useful and that you have a good day.

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#1 posted 05-24-2015 05:24 AM

Using an old allen key is genius.

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#2 posted 05-24-2015 07:10 AM

Good stuff. I was lazy and just drilled a hole in a block of white oak and tapped a hole for a knob. Though I did use an Allen key too. I have a dozen 5/16” that came with some lights at work. I bet it works a lot better than you thought it would :)

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#3 posted 05-24-2015 12:36 PM

Nicely done. What did you use for the depth stop, I’ve been looking for something to use. I shouldn’t have been surprised how well these work given how long they’ve been around but I was.

I also got a large hex key that will be 1/2” when I finish grinding it. It was maybe a 3/8” or 7/16” key. Your idea of using a metal guide is good because that allows different size shanks but still keeping good alignment.

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#4 posted 05-24-2015 02:36 PM

thats a great idea

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#5 posted 05-24-2015 04:03 PM

Thanks, I used a collar with a set screw. I had to get a couple but they were at ACE and only like a $1.50. The allen key idea wasn’t mine but sure does work.

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#6 posted 05-24-2015 04:07 PM

Thanks, I originally made a Paul Sellers Poor mans router plane, which is where you drill a hole a little to small for a chisel at a 30 degree angle and drive the chisel in so it’s tight. works well but a bit of a hassle.

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#7 posted 10-28-2015 05:46 PM

Terrific ideas. I’m only modestly skilled at this point, but I DID make a marking gauge and I love it. Next up – router plane – you’ve inspired me!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#8 posted 10-29-2015 04:36 AM

Thanks for the great post. I’m always happy to inspire. definitely give it a try it’s not hard. I would still say i’m a modest woodworker, some days i would say worse but i can always make firewood. thanks again and have a good one.

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