Our router planes are loosely based on Stanley models, but many revisions of router planes have been made over the years. All derive from the traditional, wood-bodied routers often referred to as the old woman’s tooth.
The open throat design offers more visibility in front of the tool. The closed throat design is ideal for working on the edges of boards or cleaning out the end of a stopped groove in a rail or stile.
Blade Sharpening: The blade comes ready to use. Slight additional honing will increase performance.
Blade Adjustment: Advance the depth of cut as you work. Loosen the lock screw and advance the blade with the adjuster nut. Take as thick a shaving as you comfortably can.
Depth Stop: To cut to a specific depth use the depth stop. Set the blade to the final depth, set the stop all the way down, tighten the thumbscrew on the stop. Then raise the blade to take your first shaving. Advance the depth of cut until the depth stop prevents you from going deeper.
To easily set the blade depth stop, shim the tool on your bench with shims of the desired thickness. Advance the blade until it touches the bench. Lock the stop in the down position.
Fences: Use the fence to guide the tool along an edge. The concave end of the fence is for curved work.
Materials: The body is cast from Ductile Iron, a very strong alloy that will take a lot of abuse. These castings are fully stress-relieved, a process that removes inherent stresses and ensures that the tool will remain flat and true. Other parts are Brass, Stainless Steel and Cherry.
The blade is O-1 tool steel, hardened and tempered to Rockwell 60-62. Our heat treating technique ensures that the blade will take and hold a very fine edge for a long time.
Maintenance: Because the body of this tool is Ductile Iron, it can rust. Protect it by oiling or waxing and wrapping it after use.
Occasionally, the tool should be disassembled, cleaned, and moving parts oiled. The blade should be kept lightly oiled to prevent rust, especially when tool is not in use. Waxing or oiling the body will help protect it from rust. In our shop, we use a fine abrasive handblock (available from us) to remove light surface oxide from body or blade when tool is not in use.
Accessories: Additional blades for our Small Router Plane are available and can be used in the Large Router Plane with the Router Plane Blade Adapter.
Guarantee: Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for the life of your tool. Call for repairs or replacement parts. We are available for advice if you ever have a problem using your tool.