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WayneC

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02-04-2019 04:46 PM

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I thought it would be good to have a thread dedicated to router planes. Please share questions and information related to router planes in this thread. What is your favorite router plane? What tasks do you use router planes for? Have you made a router plane?

Quality Modern Router Planes

Lie-Nielsen Large Router Plane

Lie-Nielsen Small Router Plane

Veritas® Router Plane

Veritas® Medium Router Plane



Veritas® Small Router Plane

Veritas® Miniature Router Plane



Veritas® Hinge Mortise Plane

Blade Roll for Veritas® Router and Hinge Mortise Planes

Inlay Cutter Head for Veritas® Router Plane

Walke-Moore Polished Router Plane Model 2500

St James Bay

They make reproductions and kit planes. You can find them on eBay.

Stanley Router Planes

Stanley 71 with a patternmakers plane.

Stanley 271

Stanley Router Plane Type Studies

A nice post from Paul Sellers about router planes.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov


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#1 posted 02-04-2019 04:53 PM

From Paul Sellers, how to make a router plane.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 02-04-2019 04:56 PM

I have the Lee Valley one in your first photo. I actually use it quite a bit, even on house projects. Definitely worth the money I spent on it.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#3 posted 02-04-2019 05:02 PM

Just two full size for me.
English Stanley open throat #71 and a Millers Falls closed throat #77

I do have a miniature Anant mini

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#4 posted 02-04-2019 05:06 PM

Stanley #71 here. All 3 cutters, and an extra shoe.

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#5 posted 02-04-2019 05:12 PM

I just ordered the Lie Nielsen large closed throat on Friday at an event they had near my house. Its on back order a couple weeks, but excited to get it. I was originally going to get a shoulder plane to trim M&T shoulders and cheeks. The Lie Nielsen guys showed me some neat tricks to use the router plane to clean up tenon cheeks. One of the guys also showed me some neat tricks on how to mortise for hinges using only the router plane. I also want to try out Paul Sellers latest M&T technique where he uses the router plane as the marking gauge. The LN router plane felt solid enough to do this with.

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#6 posted 02-04-2019 05:13 PM



I have the Lee Valley one in your first photo. I actually use it quite a bit, even on house projects. Definitely worth the money I spent on it.

- jmartel

For what a complete Stanley goes for on eBay, I think that buying a new one is usually a better deal. I think the Veritas Larger router is currently the best choice for a large router if you want to buy one today. Lie-Nielsen is more expensive when you add attachments and doesn’t have the cutter choices.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 02-04-2019 05:35 PM

I made my own router plane using cutters from Lee Valley. It works great for me and the cost was reasonable.

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#8 posted 02-04-2019 05:44 PM

Beautiful plane Redoak. I think Lee Valley is the best source of cutters unless you find a used one in the wild for cheap.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 02-04-2019 06:29 PM

I have a #71 with no cutters and no shoe, I really need to get it setup and ready to use. More than once I’ve reached for a trim router to do a small job the router plane would be much better suited for.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#10 posted 02-04-2019 06:36 PM

Lee Valley is probably the cheapest option for cutters. They will work in the 71. You may need to turn the adjuster over.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#11 posted 02-04-2019 06:38 PM

I have a Stanley 71 that I bought without knobs or a depth stop. Then I made some knobs that suited my paws and bought some additional Veritas cutters. I plan to make a depth stop but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

As purchased (for about $30 shipped IIRC):

And now:


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For what a complete Stanley goes for on eBay, I think that buying a new one is usually a better deal. I think the Veritas Larger router is currently the best choice for a large router if you want to buy one today.
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- WayneC

+1

Great thread Wayne :-)

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#12 posted 02-04-2019 06:38 PM

I probably use the 271 more but neither too often anymore…use it more for cleaning out

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#13 posted 02-04-2019 06:42 PM

never owned a router plane until i made my maloof rocker,it came in very handy for doing the leg joints.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#14 posted 02-04-2019 07:05 PM

Forgot to mention, I also have an old British wooden one, 1870s-ish that I can’t seem to get to work too well(hence why I ordered the LN), looks very similar to the one on Paul Sellers blog post in the first picture. https://paulsellers.com/2014/01/router-planes-wood/

The plow plane blade that is in it doesn’t fit in my honing guide so I think it mainly needs to be sharpened correctly.

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#15 posted 02-04-2019 07:53 PM

Here’s a picture of the 71 I mentioned previously, the bottom is pretty clean but the top could use some attention.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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