I haven’t joined within the present love-fest for the router aircraft.
It’s method down on my listing of important instruments. I discover it a fussy
factor whose important function appears to be making completely flat
surfaces the place they aren’t wanted, and as a way to keep away from
choosing up a chisel. That being stated, when Lee Valley
Veritas Miniature Router Plane a few years in the past, I
pushed the “add to cart” button and acquired one. It’s a cute
little rascal, and when it arrived, I sharpened the cutter,
gave it a try to put it again in its field. I figured that my
heirs would discover it amusing sometime once they undergo my
instruments and attempt to resolve what is effective and what’s junk. It
would possibly develop into a collector’s merchandise if I stay lengthy sufficient.
After which the opposite
day I discovered myself in a scenario the place I had a 1/eight″-wide
groove that had a backside of rolling hills and valleys as an alternative
of a superbly flat floor. I made the groove with a plunge
router and a round template. It makes a pleasant recessed ring,
however there is just one probability to get it good. Going again to
the template runs the danger of constructing the groove barely wider
than wanted, and the inlay going into the groove was already
reduce. I made the preliminary reduce with video cameras rolling (we’re
documenting a venture I’m making for our August challenge). My thoughts
was targeted on not showing like a idiot on digicam, and I
uncared for to lock the plunge mechanism on the router after
reducing the bit into the work.
So there I used to be with the cameras gone and a repair that wanted to
be made. I thought of my choices and remembered my little bitty
router aircraft at the back of the drawer with the opposite odd instruments
I not often use. I bought it out, set the depth and in a couple of minutes,
all was nicely. This could be the primary printed use of a
miniature instrument in an actual venture, and there’s a highly effective
lesson right here. A brand new instrument could appear to be only a curiosity, however
you by no means know when it is going to save the day. So chances are you’ll as nicely
purchase it. Simply in case.
The video of this upcoming venture can be launched in
conjunction with our August 2013 challenge. If you wish to see a
earlier video I made, you could find
“Build the 21st Century Workbench” in our retailer.