I thought that this was an interesting question and would help everyone better understand some added complexities for all edge tools actually. It’s a well thought through question and Ed is a friend of mine. Letter from Ed Question: Paul, I was going to post this on your blog, but was afraid it might confuse…

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In the process of answering the question on pointed router cutters we continued on to undo any misunderstandings surrounding these essential planes. The plane remains one of the most essential tools for hand tool woodworkers and woodworking. The poor man’s router of course leaves you fully equipped should you need one not costing a fortune and…

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Both modern-day makers of the router plane, Veritas and Lie Nielsen, sized their planes to the same or similar footprint of the Stanley  #71 and Record 071 plane. Both makers omitted including the depth rod accessory and adjustable shoe for attaching to the arched front of the plane as in the early make of the plane prior…

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Unpacking the hand router is always a favourite of mine because the tool is one of the most essential tools in hand tool woodworking. Routing recesses and levelling the reception areas for inlays can be almost impossible without them and they far exceed recessing with power routers when it comes to personal and project safety.…

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Part II The 071 or 71 router plane has several uses but the primary use of this specialised plane is to guarantee the depth of different types of recesses. It’s the essential tool of hand tool users and surface trims just about everything from inlay recesses to housing dadoes and levelling depths of sliding dovetails…

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I most likely own two dozen router planes. I feel almost ashamed to say that but we use them for classes on two continents. Actually I have more when I add in the tools I have left in my US storage after my 23 years living in the USA. These planes, router planes, are indeed…

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  • Mike Bullock on It’s All in the JoineryHaving worked with hand tool methods for several years now as a hobby, I've started to understand and respect the need for intuition. Early in the process, I spent an obsessive amo…
  • Steve P on It’s All in the JoineryI’ll be honest with you. When i wanted to get into hand tool woodworking after making stuff with a table saw and pocket holes, i knew i needed a real workbench. Somebody told me to…
  • Paul Sellers on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandThey are but they tended to be unattractive, clunky and heavy too. I doubt many younger ones would want the style.
  • Paul Sellers on It’s All in the JoineryThere are indeed and they were all individually shaped all be it using a drum sander to put the twists in them.
  • Wills Kitchen on It’s All in the JoineryMr. Sellers, Are you saying there are 100,000 "P.A. Sellers" walking canes floating around in the U.S.? Those folks are blessed to have one if so.
  • Wills Kitchen on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandMr. Sellers, Would you say that the tusk tenon "knock down" furniture method and style are still viable for the more transient population of today? I imagine night stands and such…
  • Stephen McGonigle on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandThat's great news, I'll look forward to seeing it as I do all your projects. Without doubt you are the most influential craftsman, and we all thank you for sharing your talents and…