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  • #4031
    TIM DAHN
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    Has anyone made a poor man’s router? I have been wanting to make one since seeing Paul use it on the workbench build. So a couple questions I have.

    1. What width chisel? My guess would be 1/2″

    2. What angle chisel bevel?

    3. Bevel down level or slightly off of level?

    Any help would be appreciated, Tim

    #4033
    Thom Edwards
    Participant

    1. 1/2 sounds good. You can certainly change it, but that seems to be a popular size.

    2. 25*, just like your chisels.

    3. Slightly off, so that the heel is slightly higher than the cutting edge. That will give you some clearance as you pare.

     

    Remember, really all you’re doing is making a chisel holder.

    #4044
    jespiir
    Participant

    Hi Tim,

    Here are two links to blog posts by Paul that concern the construction of poor man’s routers:

    Paul’s Poor Mans Router (large version)

    Not so Poor Mans Router (small version)

    Regards

    Jesper

    Located in Jönköping, Sweden.

    #4484
    Joseph Sellers
    Keymaster

    We just finished a video on the Poor Man’s Router. Here it is:

    Feel free to ask questions.

    There are a few tips for use on Paul’s blog.

    #4485
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Thanks Joseph, this is a great help. Nice job 🙂

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