Introduction: Router Plane

Inspired in one Paul's Sellers collection hand planes, I decided to make my own one as similar as possible in an easy way and using hand tools. In this video you can see the step by step.

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I would also apologise for my English as a non-native English speaker some terms are very difficult for me. Forward, inscrutable!!

Step 1: Materials and Tools


  • Sycamore wood
  • Quality Brass sheet (1,6mm/0,06") thickness
  • Insert rivet nut (M6) 0,35" Amazon USAUK
  • Blade plough plane (10mm/0,39")
  • Sapeli dye and Wood wax
  • Thumb screw


  • Handsaw
  • Hand plane No5 & Block plane
  • Engineers Square
  • Gauge Veritas
  • Chisels
  • Clamps
  • Japanese Saws
  • Angle Level and ruler
  • Scrapers
  • Veritas Dovetail Saw
  • Rasps and Files
  • Gouge cut 3 straight
  • Sanding Paper grit 250
  • Fret saw
  • Cabinetmaker’s Hammer
  • Electric drill and Bit drill (9mm) (0,35")
  • Paper joining tape

Step 2: Cutting the Main Piece

For this project I used Sycamore wood since this is a resistant and hard kind of wood. I have made it, as almost always, hand tools but you can replace them by power tools.

I began cutting one side of the wood and planing it with a hand plane. Once straight with the help of a gauge I marked the rest of the parts to cut. I repeated the previous steps in order to obtain a completely square wooden block.

Step 3: Marking and Cuttings

We have to mark an angle between 45 and 50º as per photographs and we cut it wihout reaching the end.

Then clean the saw-toothed marks leaving a smooth and plane surface.

Step 4: The Blade

With the help of a ruler mark the centre of the piece and introduce the blade that we'll use for our router plane. In my case I used an old plough plane blade of 10mm/0,39". Mark the contour and eliminate the wood where we'll introduce the blade with a chisel.

Step 5: Cutting

Now we have to cut a wide enough surface to see the blade path when we're working. I chose triangular shape but it can be used any other shape.

Step 6: Oval Shape

In order to give the router plane a more ergonomic shape, I give where the thumbs will be supported rounded shape with the help of gouge cut straight

Step 7: Lever Cap

Now we have to make the lever cap which will hold the blade. I make a template with the help of paper joining tape and later I glue it on a brass plate. Cut the piece and file down the edges until it's smooth.

Step 8: Drilling the Brass

I drill 4 holes for the fastening screws and another one of 9mm/0,35" in the middle for the rivet nut. As I don't have the necessary tool for the rivet nut, I use for it a hammer as you can see in the video.

Step 9: Coating and Final Assembly

For the wooden finishing I use Sapele dye and wax.

Now the only thing left is to screw the brass plate, to introduce the blades, set the ploughing depth and to start working!!