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 out recesses, it is not designed to remove a lot of material in one go.

You can use the router on both a push and a pull stroke. You can also add a wooden sole onto the plane sole as wood on wood has much less friction compared to metal which can also mark lighter coloured woods. By adding an extension, it gives you a larger surface area to span recesses of work with.

Tenon surfacing refers to the planing of a tenon cheek to level it. A router is often used as the final step before assembly.

Further Reading

To read more on this tool, we recommend the following from Paul’s blog:

Buying Good Tools Cheap- Router Plane

Tool Review- Veritas Router Plane

Tightening Tool for a Veritas Router Plane

Veritas Router Plane

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One Comment

  1. Hi Folks,

    I noticed in Pauls Book on page 255 he mentions using a router plane for… “housing all my drawer backs so the draw (should be drawer?)
    can cantilever when pulled all the way for access to the back.”

    Could you explain this as I don’t understand at all what Paaul is speaking of here?

    Many Thanks,

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