Hi there, FDPiper here. Retired. Have several electric power routers. Have generally used them for edge routering homemade furniture and making molding for chair rails, ceiling and floor moldings, and the like. Haven’t really used them a whole lot over the past 10 years.
My woodworking is shifting from power tools to restoring old hand tools from 1800’s and early 1900’s. I am restoring wood, transition, and iron planes, hand saws, chisels, marking tools, etc. for use in my shop.
Most of my routering now is done with chisels & mallets, and a Stanley No. 71 depth router. My edge routering is being done with my great grandfather’s Siegley No. 2 combination plane and a Stanley No. 45 combination plane. I am getting a few wood edge molding planes and am learning to sharpen them to router board edges. I recently restored a coopers’ barrel making croze (which is sort of a router, I guess) and hope to learn barrel making and coopering when I get time. I am interested in hearing from folks who do hand routering.
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