One of the tools I would love to have in my tool cabinet is a hand router. Long before Porter Cable came on the scene with their mechanized marvels, carpenters and cabinet makers used a hand router. Usually made of a hardwood, with a way to hold a vertical knife shaped like an L. An example of an old german one is shown below:
The wedge holds the blade in place and a light tap can adjust or loosen the wedge to get the blade out. Another example is called a ‘Widow’s Tooth’ and one is shown below:
Another example below:
This is a modern version created by a chap in Australia.
and finally one more.
Paul Sellers has come up with a “poor man’s router” which is a chisel put through a hole in a 2×4 that acts as a router plane. I tried it but didn’t have much success, at any rate I decided to build my own using some of the photos above as inspiration. More in Part two.