$5 Router Plane

If you can’t afford a vintage or new one, build your own using a block of wood, an Allen wrench and a thumbscrew.
By John Wilson
Pages: 72-75

From the August 2005 issue #149
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Here is a real-life shop problem: The project calls for a shallow slot, or dado, in the middle of a board. Defining the edges using a wide chisel is a first step. But determining the best way to remove the waste is a challenge. The chisel could do it, although gauging the depth accurately would take patience. Using my electric router would solve that problem, yet experience tells me that freehand use of this power tool can lead to stray excursions into surrounding margins. So fence guides would need to be set.

This situation calls for a router plane. An uncommon plane that looks different, it most often elicits the question, “What does it do?” Now you know – it levels dados and hinge gains. Its right-angle blade will allow you to make a flat cut of an accurate depth.

From the August 2005 issue #149
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