Seen a cutter for making the slot for border inlays and cannot find where to
obtain one. Seems like a handy plane (?) and would be better than using a
trim router. A pic is posted on the link. E-mailed Constantines with no
reply. Any idea ? yes I did google.
Take a closer look at the piece then look at the iron low angle block plane
for the same price. A whole lot more to that plane. I think that for what
machining there is and very limited parts involved it is grossly over
priced. 30-35 would be acceptable.$40 tops. I'm not saying things aren't
expensive today but is that piece really worth that kind of money.
I think so too. :) I recently went through this same process in
trying to get myself a router plane. Awhile back, I took a class,
learned how to make hand cut dados with chisels and then used a
router plane to clean up the dado. After the class, I went looking
to buy a router plane for myself, but found the prices for them
ludicrous. At least the basic ones. The router plane from Lee
Valley does appear to be a well engineered tool with some nice
add-ons, but still more than I wanted to spend.
If you want to make your own, it's not that difficult. I made one
out of some scraps, a couple of wooden knobs I got from the hobby
store, a threaded insert, a thumb screw and a hex wrench (to make
the cutter). You can see pictures at the link listed in the
footnotes. A few additional pictures of the hex wrench converted
to a cutter are here. All together it was probably about $5
worth of parts and a couple hours to put together and tweak to get
it working the way I wanted.
You can go to this link and see some other router planes for
additional ideas on how to make your own.
: http://wood.atww.net/main.php/v/RouterPlane /
: http://wood.atww.net/main.php/v/RouterPlaneCutter /
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The inlay cutter has been a round for a long time. The first one I
ever saw was on "The Woodwright's Shop." If I remember correctly both
sides of the inlay path were scribed first then you came in with the
cutter. It's more of a plane than a cutter.
Best one I've seen (in the Zachary Taylor book) was a custom-made
Holtey. Beautiful piece of work and wouldn't be too hard for any
metalworker with a lathe to make something similar. Similar tools,
but with less adjustability, are found from any of the musical
instrument-making toolshops. Try http://dick.biz in Germany or I'm
sure there's a US equivalent.
The Stanley #271 small router plane is a great little tool and
everyone should have one. I wouldn't be without for installing hinges.
However it's _not_ an inlay or purfling cutter. It can be handy for
doing ground work on a wider inlay or escutcheon. If you grind up some
extra cutters you can even use it to put a smooth ground to narrrow
stringing grooves. However it does nothing at all to cut the sidewalls
and if you try to use it like that, you'll just split the edges like
A shoulder knife is handy too (simple knife with a long handle that
you use resting on your shoulder for better stability). Make your own.
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