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!!



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    23 Discussions


    3 months ago

    This is wonderful! Could you chisel a wider channel to use different sized blades, or would you need to make a whole new plane?

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    Reply 10 days ago

    If you search for "plough plane irons set", you will see that vintage plough plane irons have the same shank width (so that you can use any of them in a single plough plane!). Those vintage irons were numbered from 1 to 8, the available cutting widths are around 3 mm to 15 mm (1/8" to 5/8").

    Another design of a router plane uses a homemade iron (blade) made from a hex wrench (allen key). These would need a separate body for each size of blade. Perhaps there is some advantage to that design, since modern commercially-available router planes (both metal-bodied and wooden - e.g. ECE) all seem to come with an L-shaped blade.


    1 year ago

    Hi, great work. I'm going to have go at this but haven't any sycamore.
    Would you suggest hard wood, what kind.


    1 year ago

    You're in the newsletter again Mikel!! haha. This project certainly deserves to be there.

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    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks Clint! I didn't know that it was going to have such interest!!


    1 year ago

    Congratulation Mikel to be in the newsletter again :)

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    Ace Gambit

    1 year ago

    I've been looking for something like this for a while. Around how much did it cost you?

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    Mikhandmaker.Ace Gambit

    Reply 1 year ago

    In this case I already had almost all the materials in my workshop from remains of other projects or the blade for example from another old plane, but If I had to make an estimation I think that it would be around 5$ without counting the blade. Thanks for comment!!


    1 year ago

    This is simply beautiful, it's in my favourites now.

    1 reply
    Left-field Designs

    1 year ago

    Nice instructable and a beautiful end product. Great work!