Homemade Wooden Router Plane

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Project by CGMillay posted 02-16-2018 08:00 PM 2178 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspired by James Wright’s (@woodbywright) YouTube video, I decided to give making a router plane a try. I didn’t do the route of making my own iron and went with a Lee Valley Tools one. That, along with $5 worth of hardware and a piece of Osage Orange log I had lying around the scrap pile, the entire project cost me about $20. It’s not perfect, but I’m pretty happy with it. Plane works like a charm too.

-- -Chris, Pennsylvania, Instagram: chris_millay

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#1 posted 02-16-2018 10:45 PM

cool tool chris sure beats the price of a veritas planer,and you used a good quality lee valley iron so win win my friend.i may do one of these myself.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 02-17-2018 12:20 AM

pretty ingenious way to get a quality tool

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#3 posted 02-17-2018 12:46 AM

Nice work on the plane

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 02-17-2018 07:21 AM

I love when tool looks beautiful, besides functionality.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 02-17-2018 04:50 PM

How did you make the iron holder? Does Lee Valley show how to do this? I was thinking of making one for my son. Thanks! ...and it’s very nice.

-- Al,Midwest -To thine own self be true

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#6 posted 02-17-2018 08:38 PM

Thanks guys. Appreciate the positive comments! BigAl- the iron holder is simply an eye hook. It’s recessed into the plane body and I put a black plastic twist knob on the backside with a flat washer and lock washer. I thought it looked better than a wing nut would. There are several how-to videos on YouTube that were a big help, especially James Wright’s video on his Wood by Wright channel. Hope that helps!

-- -Chris, Pennsylvania, Instagram: chris_millay

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