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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  • Francisco Alarcón on It’s All in the JoineryDear Paul, First of all, thank you for the wonderful journey you have taken me on with your videos, experience and information about the use of hand tools. Second, I would like to…
  • Terry Wilson on Plywood Workbench AnniversaryI'm glad I didnt build my massive roubo with leg and tail vises and space for a moxon...I completely bought into what I would call the new norm here in the colonies: appliances at…
  • JM on It’s All in the JoineryHi Paul, I just wanted to stop by and say that I am really loving the most recent projects on woodworking masterclasses. The desktop organiser is a great next step from the shaker…
  • Thomas on Plywood Workbench Anniversarythank you very much for your reply! I am from Switzerland and unfortunately a vintage / second hand market for these two brands seem to be non-existent here. That leaves me with tw…
  • Richard Seaton on It’s All in the JoineryI loved that post. Paul. Thanks You described it all with that passion which is so important in anything we do. I have been wood carving for 30 years, and have experienced several…
  • Paul Sellers on Plywood Workbench AnniversaryAll of my best vises are vintage Woden or Record versions. Harder to get in the USA if that's where you might be.
  • Glenn Philipson on It’s All in the JoineryCouldn't be put better my friend I feel exactly the same.