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Hand tool collection #1: Stanley no. 71 router plane

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Blog entry by SamuelP posted 313 days ago 1278 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a little time in the shop tonight and was looking for a small project to at least start. I forget how much you can get done when the kids are asleep.

I won this on ebay for under $20 a while back. Here is an “almost” before shot.
Here I have the first knob done.

I sanded the knobs chucked into my cordless drill. I used sandpaper, steel wool and then a cotton cloth with BLO and then wax. Paste wax first, then smeared straight hard beeswax and polished on the drill woth a cloth.
I did not sand all of the character away.

I chucked in a wire brush and went to town on the rust and small bits of paint splatter. Then I sharpened up the cutter and tested it out.

I needed to repair my bench top so this is a perfect job for its first run.

I had one cut nail left to make him a home.

Thanks for looking.

I even had one cut nail left to make him a home.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain



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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 313 days ago

Nice job, Sam!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Tugboater78

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#2 posted 313 days ago

I just cleaned up a millers falls equivalent but lack blades. Lee Valley confirmed their blades will fit, so I will be ordering some soon and put the baby to work. All I had to do was clean up the dust off it, and polished/wire wheeled the fittings. Lapped the bottom, had some rust buildup. Came with the fence, not sure I will ever use it, but it’s there if I do.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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Bogeyguy

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#3 posted 312 days ago

Got mine about 43 years ago. Still use it quite often.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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WayneC

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#4 posted 312 days ago

Very nice.

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

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theoldfart

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#5 posted 312 days ago

isn’t that a 71 or are my elderly eyes worse than I thought?

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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SamuelP

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#6 posted 312 days ago

Thank you. Feels good to get something done.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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WayneC

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#7 posted 312 days ago

It is Kevin. :)

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

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theoldfart

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#8 posted 312 days ago

I just got back from a party and had a few so was looking for confirmation of my not being over the edge, so to speak!

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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SamuelP

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#9 posted 312 days ago

Thanks Kevin. Posted from my phone, so the little screen did not agree with my eyes. Thanks.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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