Slightly larger than the Veritas small router plane, this tool has the advantage of using the same blades as the full-size router plane. This means any of the blades available for this will fit. The plane can be used as a closed mouth router or the blade can also be used in an outboard configuration, with the blade extending past the body for bullnose applications. The blade-clamping knob uses a wave washer to hold the blade as it is loosened for easy, controlled depth adjustment. An included stainless steel depth-stop collar locks onto the blade shaft to limit cutting depth to a preset maximum. The plane can make cuts up to 1" deep with the depth stop installed or up to 1.3/4" deep without it. The ductile cast iron body has been accurately machined and ground flat. The plane is 3.1/2" wide by 3" deep and weighs about 13oz. A versatile plane, particularly on narrow material or in confined areas. Available with either a 1/4" or 1/2" blade.
9 March 2016
A very sturdy and versatile bit of kitI build acoustic guitars, and I bought this plane primarily to ensure a completely flat base on routed channels for the rosette surrounding the sound hole. I was also reluctant to buy the 'miniature' router plane after reading less than positive negative external reviews, and since the 'medium' model has the benefit of a depth stop (absent on the 'small' router plane), it was a fairly simple choice, especially given the minimal price difference between this and the fairly basic Lie Nielsen 271.