Router Plane Box: Finished

I’ve been picking away at pieces of the router plane box and finally glued in the last bracket (the one for the fence) yesterday:

I took off the clamp today and did a test-fit of the tools:

That went surprisingly well. Both planes fit in there with no problems; I have room for a few more blades as well as the small router plane (if I ever get it). I could also fit the miniature router plane inside.

During this project, I also added a wooden lining to the fence. It’s the same privet that I used for the new mallet, which should be fairly hard-wearing.

For whatever reason, I made a lid consisting of a frame and a floating shiplapped panel. After gluing that up, I cut a rabbet along the bottom so that it can fit onto the top of the box:

After trimming the dovetails and such, I had a finished box:

Or rather, I had a complete, unfinished box. I normally leave shop projects unfinished, but for whatever reason, I decided that I wanted to apply tung oil to this thing. That turned out to be a messy affair, because I couldn’t get the cap of the bottle open, pried it off, and ended up splattering some of it around. Oh well, the bench now has a slight oil reapplication.

That takes some time to cure, but at least I don’t have to do anything else. Time to move on to the next thing. And no, it will not be a box for my plow plane, tempting as that may be.

5 thoughts on “Router Plane Box: Finished

  1. Did you glue together the shiplapped boards and float the panel or are the boards touching but not glued and floating in the frame? How did you secure the panel in the frame? Tongue and groove?

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    • I did not glue together the shiplapped boards. When I glue up panels (as done on the twin nightstand project, for example), I don’t shiplap because I like a seamless panel. The panels slip into a groove (made with a plow plane) on the inside of the frame.

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  2. I like the rail you made to hold the various irons. My vote would be to make a box for the plow plane and then a box for……

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