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How to make the poor man's router

If you do not own a router plane or a powered router, its quite simple to make a router using a chisel. You'll need a drill and a bit that's just slightly smaller than the chisel you'd like to use. I use a 1/2" chisel and a 3/8" bit.

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1

Choose the right bit

Make sure the drill bit is at least within 1/8" of the size of your chisel. 1/16" is ideal.

Choose the right bit
2

Drill a hole in the block of wood

Shoot for a 45 degree angle all the way through the block.

Drill a hole in the block of wood
3

Tap your chisel into the hole with the bevel down

When you're getting close, make sure the next hit won't send your chisel into a hard surface.

Tap your chisel into the hole with the bevel down
4

Adjust depth

Adjust the cutting edge by either tapping lightly on the back of the chisel or the corner of the wood near the chisel.

5

Use your router!

When using, keep even pressure on the block of wood against your reference face

Use your router!