poor mans router

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    david o’sullivan

    while i have not yet got a router i have been using pauls method of the poor mans router .i cant help but wonder how versatile and easy this method is especially on a long tenon it occurred to me this evening when i was cleaning up a tenon for the coffee table would a Stanley or veritas router be any more effective in the task involved .this i believe would be very relative when i was doing the tenons on the workbench build with tenons over 4″ long. a poor mans router can be made to any length which in turn guarantees a parallel tenon to the face a tap on the chisel to increase depth and a tap on the block of timber right behind chisel to decrease depth which one gets very fast at adjusting accurately.i just think that the router out there are to narrow unless one can find a decent Preston for now however its the poor mans way for me .simple ideas are always the best. fair play Paul

    "we can learn what to do, by doing" Aristotle


    Nice work David, very crisp shoulders))

    Toronto, Canada


    David, you can make a sub base for the router plane. I used one on my Lie Nielsen router plane, when doing the tenons on my workbench.

    I borrowed the pic from an other site


    It’s a great method David I use this too.

    Here is a good picture of a old tenon router


    Dallas, Texas

    david o’sullivan

    nice one lads .see i was right the simplest ideas are always the best .thanks great pictures

    "we can learn what to do, by doing" Aristotle


    Great job David, I made one also for my bench build ( Paul’s bench ) and it has worked great. I also have a Stanley #71 an Veritas small router for smaller work.

    But you have to love home made hand tools, I know I do.


    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US

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