I am getting an early start on making Christmas gifts. This year I have 6 keep sake boxes to make and maybe a small jewelry box. Also, a comically large spoon. I’ll have to post pictures of that one when I am done.
Anyway, the design I have come up with for the keepsake boxes requires the bottom to be inset in a groove. I am going to be dovetailing the side together so I can’t just run a plough plane across the length or it will show. I think I am just going to use a stopped groove. After a bit of research I know I can just do it like a stopped dado using the chisel/router how Paul shows.
I have a full size router with a 3/8 in cutter. I need a 1/4 inch one for the bottom so I have been looking at getting a small.router plane. (I have the lie-nielson which doesn’t have smaller cutters)
To get to the point, I am looking at the veritas small and medium router plane. The small comes with a 1/8 cutter. The medium is twice as much, but it has a variety of cutters that can be bought later.
Any suggestions? I’m not worried about quality, but I don’t want to spend 50$ on the small only to find the medium would be better in the long run. Has anyone had experience needed specialized size cutters and what they would be use for?
Have you seen the videos on making the dovetail boxes? Episode 5 onwards shows some details on grooving. It also mentions the option of fitting a piece into the groove once the box has been constructed so that it no longer shows. This is the most straight forward way I know, and if done well will not be visible.
Hope that helps,
Hi Joe I did buy the Veritas Small Router a few years ago and like it very much, they came out with a better way to keep the blade from slipping. I use it a lot, hope this helps.
I don’t own to many new tools, most of mine are vintage but I di spring the Verital small router and small plow plane.
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