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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  • Paul Boegel on A Few Years AgoThank you for your posts Paul. In these days of riots and sometimes overall anger it is such a delight to see a positive place to hang out. My dad was like that with me. When I was…
  • Craig Luthy on A Future PastPaul, Grateful: There are very few people like you who energetically share their love for a craft and effectively teach and encourage others to learn new woodworking skills. I for…
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  • Mike Towndrow on A Few Years AgoAh, an update. I see it is going to be the next project! Forget the previous comment - for now.
  • Mike Towndrow on A Few Years AgoThat is a beautiful looking toolbox and one I'd definitely find very useful! If it's not going be a project I might have a go at making one anyway. All the principals of constructi…
  • Paul Sellers on A Few Years AgoYes, joseph is my second youngest son at 31. I have four boys and one girl.
  • Paul Sellers on A Few Years AgoWe're going to do it next. The response surprised us so that's where we are headed. I'll keep everyone updated here. try to relive the experience.