01-12-2012 06:16 PM
...is also known as a router plane, and I needed one to clean out the bottoms of some angled dados I cut about 1/4" deep. Like any tool, I needed it now- not next week. I searched the 'net for shopmade varieties and found the closest thing to do what I wanted was to sharpen an old Allen wrench in the form of an "L" to create the iron and then make the body to hold it. Too much time and effort for a one- off I thought, but then I had a eureka! moment and came up with this design:
The dado set I used, being cheap like me, left a rather prominent chipper swarf that filing or sandpaper could certainly deal with, but would be tediously slow. I just wanted to rip and go since the bottom would be hidden by a slat edge anyway. The "iron" is a #8 steel flat head slotted wood screw just kissed on the disk sander to yield a cutting edge. Depth adjustment is self- evident and as simple as it gets, just run in or out as needed.
Here is an after image:
And while maybe not pretty, is totally serviceable for my needs.
I reckon it can also be used to clean up drawer panel grooves and such that aren't a visual issue; by the way I did about 200 slots with his thing and it was still sharp when I finished.
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01-12-2012 08:38 PM - edited 01-12-2012 08:52 PM
That little trick might have got'sha the tool of the month Hank. Good'in !!!!
But here, well,,,you have just come up with a new kind'a "Swarf Cleaner Outer" shared among us admiring friends. Look at it this way, some woodworker in the future is going to run into the same situation. Here in the world of the web, your idea will live into perpetuity. Where this guy's somewhere in the next century going to say, "I'd like to thank that guy, I wonder who that woodworker was, the one with the white,,,,,,Naaaaa, it'll never happen. But then,,,, he will get the tool of the month.
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