New router bodies are being prototyped from our latest (3rd) foundry. We believe we will finally be able to eliminate our cosmetic defect issue, but may not have routers available until around the new year.
This has easily been our most anticipated tool to date and it’s a monster. Based on the Preston 2500P, it is the largest, heaviest, and most versatile router plane ever produced. There is so much to cover on this tool we can’t do it properly until we get our first production units finished and start shooting some detailed pictures and videos, but here’s a brief summary (you can also check out our blog and instagram feed for more info):
-8.5″ x 3.5″ footprint, 2-1/8 lbs
-1/2″ wide, square cutter made from O1 will be included
-Cutter can mount in one of four positions (see photos)
-When the cutter is mounted in the outer positions it can be rotated 90 deg
-Fence, depth stop, and sharpening jig included
-Two choices of knobs: smaller (Preston) based on the original and larger (Stanley) knobs which we prefer (photos compare original to ours)
-Body, fence, and blade locking collar cast in manganese bronze
-All hardware is machined brass or stainless steel
Please note that bronze tools can leave darkened or tarnished areas on lighter colored woods. This is normal and can be remedied by cleaning up the surface after using the router with a smoothing plane or light sanding or you can attach a wooden sole to the base, an example of which is shown in the pictures (not included with the tool).