The Router Plane Guide

The router plane is used to refine cuts which are either made by chisels, saws or machines. In use, the blade cuts in a similar way to a chisel but the blade is fixed within a wooden or metal body and has an adjustment mechanism making this a true plane.

Uses

A router is used to accurately level out recesses, such as those made for housing hinges or joints. It can help to level surfaces and make them parallel to an adjacent surface. This means that a router can aid a great deal in making accurate joints. It is often used after chiseling and sawing as the router does not excel at removing a bulk of wood but rather bringing a surface that is close to level to a smooth and accurate final depth.

Paul Sellers sometimes uses a router plane as an improvised marking gauge. By using the same tool he is ensuring that the final depth of cut is exact, it removes the possibility of the marking gauge and router being set differently.

Terminology

  • Cutting Iron – In a router this is a foot-shaped steel blade. They come in different shapes and sizes
  • Fence – Connects to the underside, it can be double sided (square and rounded)

Types of Router Planes

  • Wooden
  • Metal Cast

Parts of a Router Plane

● Cutting Iron (Blade)

◎ Sole (Plane Body)

● Knob

● Handle Screws

● Height/ Depth Adjuster

● Square Pre-set Stop

● Set Screw for Square Pre-Set Stop

● Fence, Fence Set Screw, Washer

● Depth Locking Set Screw


Relevant Guides

  • Sharpening a Router Plane

    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 …

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  • Using a Router Plane

    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 …

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  • Buying a Router Plane

    UPDATE NOVEMBER 2021 The router plane is the most expensive tool that Paul recommends. We saw the issue and so Paul has designed a router plane that you can make yourself. Go to paulsellers.com/routerplane to find out how you can make your own too. Below is our buying guide before this new design this was …

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  • The Router Plane Guide

    The router plane is used to refine cuts which are either made by chisels, saws or machines. In use, the blade cuts in a similar way to a chisel but the blade is fixed within a wooden or metal body and has an adjustment mechanism making this a true plane. Uses A router is used …

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