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Blog entry by Ocelot posted 05-24-2017 10:16 PM 541 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two months ago – mid March actually, a fellow LJ – Combo Prof posted a photo of a Stanley 71 1/2 that he’d seen at a antique mall (I think it was). A few messages were exchanged, and he picked it up and sent to me. It was a good deal for me and I much appreciate it. He (Combo Prof) on the other hand, is probably regretting it and thinking me an ungrateful fellow for not following up on the acquisition.

Well, here it is, thanks to a very helpful LJ!

Now I had not previously owned any router plane, so this is a good thing for me.

and here is the blade that was in it – which is a bit less than 7/16” and pretty much used up. I’m sure I could use it but the bevel is all the way back to the stem now, so I would just hone the bottom of it.

SoI’m thinking I’m going to need a (set of) blades. Free shipping from Lee Valley ($40 min) right now, so I’m fixin to do something about it.

I need some advice, though. I’m inclined to buy the full set, but it’s about $120. I’m sure I’m not going to use all of them, so can anybody give some advices about that?


Since then, I’ve also picked up…

Stanley No 66 hand beader and full set of LN blades (no curved fence though).

Miller Falls No 1 (cigar) spokeshave.

and Stanley No 80 scraper.

So, I’ve added 4 tools that I didn’t have and that weren’t bench planes (of which I have 26 Baileys!)

I think I’m maturing. No?

-Paul



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#1 posted 05-25-2017 12:02 AM

It was found in the Hillsboro antique mall, just south of Boca Raton, Fl. Pretty isn’t it. I did have a moment of regret when I decided not to keep for myself, but I have 3.

I would get the 1/2” Spear-Point and then if you can afford it the set of 5 imperials and thats all. Thats all I have. But I see the latter is out of stock and thus there will be a delay. You can get by with just the spear point for cleaning out rabbets over 1/2” wide. (It is what I mostly use). I wish they make a 1/4” spear point.

But you can make blades pretty easily out of an allen wrench (aka hex wrench).

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#2 posted 05-25-2017 03:05 AM

Having 3 of them didn’t prevent me from buying my 4th and 5th no 7, 6, or 4. So I applaud your selflessness!

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#3 posted 05-25-2017 09:02 AM

I recently got my first router plane too. Mine came with a 1/2” cutter. I’m thinking I’ll grind it down to 1/4” and get the 1/2” spearpoint as Don recommends. I think just those 2 sizes should cover all of my needs. I most definitely don’t see any need for the metric AND imperial set from LV.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 05-25-2017 09:10 AM

Look on YT for people who make their own Rabbet Plane irons from Allen wrenches.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 05-25-2017 01:48 PM

I have the Veritas cutters. They are nice. They also have a storage roll. I’m not sure you need them all but I got the imperial set and the bigger cutters….

On the 66. I think the LN cutters are the way to go if you don’t have the original.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 05-25-2017 02:29 PM

Thanks for the comments.

By “the full set” of router-plane blades, I meant the 5 imperial “small” blades, pluse the 3/4 and 1/2 straight and the 1/2 spear, plus the “wide blade sharpening jig” ($4.50, but I’m not sure I need it).

That’s about $125 USD but may involve a backorder, which is fine with me.

As for the 66, I’m pleased with the LN blade set and the tool is ok, but knowing that a curved fence exists and I don’t have one… :-) ... it’s always just one more thing we need.

-Paul

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#7 posted 05-25-2017 02:30 PM

@HokieKen,

I had not thought of converting the blade I have into 1/4”. I might try that.

-Paul

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#8 posted 05-25-2017 03:49 PM



Thanks for the comments.

By “the full set” of router-plane blades, I meant the 5 imperial “small” blades, pluse the 3/4 and 1/2 straight and the 1/2 spear, plus the “wide blade sharpening jig” ($4.50, but I m not sure I need it).

That s about $125 USD but may involve a backorder, which is fine with me.

As for the 66, I m pleased with the LN blade set and the tool is ok, but knowing that a curved fence exists and I don t have one… :-) ... it s always just one more thing we need.

-Paul

- Ocelot

I went the same way. The one more thing part is making me want the metric set. I have the sharpening Jig but have not tried it yet. Also, if you get the set, consider the Medium Router plane. It has pretty much the same foot print as a small router plane but can also use all of the cutters.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 05-25-2017 03:51 PM

I also like the storage roll. That adds another $15 or so. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 05-25-2017 03:58 PM

WayneC,

“consider the Medium Router Plane”
... but I’ve already got the 71 1/2. It’s tempting though, since it comes with about $50 of the stuff I would be buying anyway.

As for the storage roll, I understand, but we’re supposed to be woodworkers, so a box seems like the thing to do – also I have canvas and my wife has a sewing machine. She would make me a storage roll if I ask… but with 4 children age 5 and under, she might grumble if I ask – since getting a few moments to sew is pretty hard for her these days. Hey, I could probably sew it myself!

-Paul

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#11 posted 05-25-2017 04:08 PM

Photos added above.

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WayneC

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#12 posted 05-25-2017 05:49 PM

The picture above is the large which is the same size as the 71. The medium is much smaller.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#13 posted 05-25-2017 05:52 PM

Third from the left

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#14 posted 05-25-2017 07:52 PM

Oh!

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