Wooden sole for Stanley No. 71 router

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Project by Sighthound_Studio posted 03-14-2016 11:31 AM 1299 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a wooden sole for my Stanley No. 71 router using red-oak. I had to re-saw 1x stock by hand because I do not have a band saw or table saw. I also do not have a vise, so it was very challenging to hold the piece to re-saw. I ended up making stop cuts and chiseling to thickness, then hand-planed to finish size. It was a laborious process given my limited skill set and the limited work-holding options.

Here is a video of the entire process:

I am glad I did it, it really works well. I will need the help of the wooden sole to fit the tenons of my workbench legs (link to ongoing workbench build is here: )


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#1 posted 03-14-2016 01:43 PM

Great idea

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#2 posted 03-14-2016 02:40 PM

A face vice will lessen you frustration and improve your work holding capability.

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#3 posted 03-15-2016 12:05 AM

You can make a face vice or moxon vice with pipe clamps. Look them up on youtube. With some scrap it only costs about 30-40 bucks.

-- If you want it to take longer and cost more, get into woodworking. It's worth every second and every penny because nothing, is more rewarding than creating something with your own two hands.

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