Paul would recommend that you make your own router plane. He says “it’s as easy to make as a dovetail box”. The videos and technical drawings are available on Woodworking Masterclasses
The metal hardware is available from Rokesmith, our physical products selling platform for £35 (plus VAT and shipping.) We ship worldwide.
If you don’t feel confident to make your own below we have some secondhand and new options below:
Before making his own Paul used both the Stanley #71 and the Record #071. These two are almost identical; the Stanley has a nickel plating and the Record is painted dark blue, this is the main difference between them. Because of the finish and the fact that they were well made, even as secondhand tools they should last a long time as this prevents rust. These routers are only available secondhand as production stopped several decades back. Therefore be sure to check the blade for excessive rust/pitting and that there is a significant length of blade left. The best way to check this is to compare to other router planes you see listed online. Also note that a wide blade (1/2″ or 13mm) is much more useful than a 1/4″ (6mm) one, so bear this in mind because buying vintage blades separately tends to be quite expensive. You should expect to pay no more than £100 for a router with a good length 1/2″ cutter (blade) if it’s in good condition. (A complete set, which includes a fence and a depth stop, will generally sell for more, but Paul rarely if ever finds a use for these additional features.)
🇬🇧/🇺🇸 The Veritas small router plane is highly engineered but they only started making it a few years ago. It is available new here for £171.68* (free delivery over £50) it maybe available second hand.
🇬🇧/🇺🇸 We purchased this Lie-Nielsen Router Plane. It is available here from Classic Hand tools for £245*
*Price checked 7/8/22
Setting Up Before you use your router plane, it is important to check that the leading edge of the cutting iron, the fore edge, is parallel with the actual sole of the plane as it may need to be corrected, flattened and polished before use (Paul sometimes refers to this process as initialising). This process…
When using a router plane and removing material to a specific depth, you can use a chisel to remove the bulk of the material then go over it with a router, or you can make incremental depth changes with the router until the final depth is established. Removing the bulk gallery: Though used to level…