Lee Valley Tools Woodworking Newsletter
Vol. 3, Issue 4
March 2009
From the Collection

OWT Router

OWT Router; Oak.

The origin of this form of tool is somewhat of a mystery, but it is basically a wood body with an inserted metal blade. It's normally found in a tool chest as a companion to the common plough plane; the two often share the same blades. It saw use for inletting mortises for locks and hinges, and levelling backgrounds for carvers.

Woodworking lore indicates that a short section of a stair railing or banister might be used as a source for the body. Wooden planes of this type are almost always user made and in some cases employ highly figured woods, which lend a quiet elegance to the tool. The wood used in the example above is oak; the plane on the next page is made of mahogany.

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