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    Marc Mitsialis
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    After watching Paul’s videos on tenons, mortises, dados, etc then his video on the Poor Mans Router followed by the Not So Poor Mans router I decided to make one. I was tired of having bumpy tenons, dados and rebates.

    So made a router this weekend. I will be using it in the coming weeks to make some boxes and my collapsible workbench.

    I also found an ingenious item to use as a locking screw for the cutting iron and it works like a charm: a foot screw for kitchen cabinets.

    The cutting iron is a 6mm Allen Key. Self hardened and annealed to straw colour using a blowtorch; then sharpened up to a 8000 grit water-stone.

    Any comment are welcome..

    Marc

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    #309542
    pongo1
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    Hi Marc,

    I like the look of this and would be interested to know how it worked and if you would make any changes or improvements.

    The not so poor mans router video is one I have not seen, would you be good enough to post a link?

    Many thanks

    Ian

    #309548
    Marc Mitsialis
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    I like the look of this and would be interested to know how it worked

    To test it i made some dados for a sliding lid. i am going to be making some boxes soon. Works like a charm.

    So much easier to get the parallel faces over more than five or six centimetre, then paring with a chisel.

    I had to tune the cutting edge as I couldn’t get a 100% perpendicular shaft for the iron.

    I like the look of this and would be interested to know how it worked and if you would make any changes or improvements.

    I am thinking of cutting a notch in the top of the iron and another screw behind it. This is to make the micro-adjustment that you can see on the Stanley Paul often uses.

    The challenge is my iron is not 100% perpendicular to the base, so the clearance will be change depending on the depth of the cutter.

    I battle to get 100% perpendicular holes drilled. I am using Pine so the bits shifts angle so easily. I made a metal jig using two 90 degree cabinet brackets to drill straight holes, and use a brace instead of a power drill. It better but still touch and go.

    The not so poor mans router video is one I have not seen, would you be good enough to post a link?

    Here is the link to Paul’s version

    Not so poor man’s router – really works!

    I made mine from two pieces of 150m x 80mm x 20mm pieces of pine laminated together. Then cut a dado and embedded a 30mm x 30mm x 40mm riser. Then a lot of shaping using a rasp after cutting some holes using a brace and 1/2inch Auger bit.

    #440742
    SharpPencil
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    Looks good Marc I made mine it also works a treat. I used an eye bolt as seen on utube. Mine will take up to 3/8″ Allen keys with a piece of screw rod screwed into a correct sized hole behind the cutter (key)
    All cutters have a cut out as in Stanley by an angle grinder ( place key in a metal vice using jaws as a guide for cutting disc)
    Using Aroldite 2 part glue, secure a washer to nut, when this is run up and down thread it will move cutter……bingo perfect.

    I am so chuffed with mine I might start making them for sale on eBay??

    #440952
    Ed
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    Regarding perpendicular: What if you flip the cutter upside down so that the long shaft protrudes from the sole of the plane? Use a small square to test for perpendicular and then use your bench plane to take material off of the sole as needed to achieve both flat and perpendicular. Repeat as needed until flat and perpendicular. So, you’re going to make the sole perpendicular to the hole you have rather than relying on getting a perfect hole.

    Can you post a photo of the underside of the cutter that you made from the front and from the side? I’m curious how you went from hex to a flat with relief.

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    Ed
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    Heh. I just noticed this is a year old. @MMITSIALIS probably got this all straightened out long ago. : – )

    #440976
    Marc Mitsialis
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    Hi,

    I like your suggestion about ‘tweaking’ the sole to match the hole. Next time the cutter needs a good sharpening, I might consider that approach. I have been using it for a year and have not needed to sharpen the cutter, all I do is strop it a few times before I use it.

    Heh. I just noticed this is a year old. @mmitsialis probably got this all straightened out long ago. : – )

    The way I ‘sorted it’ was to sharpen the cutter skew, so in the plane it is parallel to the surface, but out the cutter it is ‘off’.

    I have posted some picture of creations, where I have used the tool.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/G7qD4vHSv8TixWS32

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