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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Anneke Cox on Yesterday!I second that! Almost a zen like philosophy to his art! and an inspiration to us all. (even if sweeping up the shavings).
  • Gary Carr on Yesterday!Well said, Mr. Sellers, well said.
  • Michael Kratky on Yesterday!A philosopher and woodworker too, they blend so well, you sir are a pleasure to know.
  • Colin Fee on Yesterday!Paul, what do you with shavings that collect after sweeping up?
  • Stefan on Yesterday!This post blew me away. I am speechless. You are so damn right in every single word you said. Thank you so so much for sharing this wisdom!! Stefan
  • Tom Quinn on Yesterday!I agree - music can be a distraction, or an aid to focus the mind. It depends on my mood and mindset at the time. Bach is phenomenal before or while doing something mathematical. K…
  • Jan Genauer on Yesterday!Thank you Paul for all your thoughts and for taking the time to express it in detail. In times of Twitter this has become a rare good. Wishing you all the best. Jan