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Project by EzJack posted 10-23-2010 08:31 AM 2308 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

and not the weekend warrior’s?
Every moment working the wood was hard on grandpa.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#1 posted 10-23-2010 11:46 AM

If these tools could just pull up a chair and tell us some stories, eh Jack. Wouldn’t that be nice?

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#2 posted 10-23-2010 01:54 PM

I don’t even know how to use an electic one. But I bet for me, the manual powered ones would be much safer- now if I can just turn the handle….........

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#3 posted 10-23-2010 02:52 PM

LoL … you realy can´t ask that question
becourse every one of them is beautyfull routers in there own way and is proppely used by proffs
in the trade but from your way of setting the routers my gess is the one in front :-)

tank´s for sharing

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#4 posted 10-23-2010 03:57 PM


any “action” photos of these tools in use, or hand routed finished products ?

the lower plane is a stanley #71, the upper two are # 71 1/2 ! seems the 71 was the preferred model due to its open throat for better chip removal, however, it’s fractional brother with more base contact area was better for routing grooves in narrow stock. looks like you added a base plate to your 71 to give you the “best of both worlds”. Stanley still makes and sells plow planes similar to the 71.

check out the attached link from ” Patricks Blood and Gore” for some good plane history and insights on planes.

happy routing !

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#5 posted 10-23-2010 04:24 PM

The back two have screw hole that you can attach the “fence to”. The back left one has a GRANNY TOOTH, works well with hard wood, similar to a skewed blade in a plane. The back right one’s blade is a nice clean up blade. After the groove is cut this one cleans the bottom flat.(They used to come with 3 different widths.) The front one has an adjustable depth stop . (missing in this photo).This allows the operator to rest the plane on the depth stop without resetting the blade depth with every pass. I admit I only use mine to clean out dado’s that I have cut with Table saw.
I have done dado’s using a stair saw, cut 2 kerfs, chisel out middle then clean up with these routers. (Found out I am to outta shape for this kind of work) I respect the old craftsman that worked with these old tools .

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#6 posted 10-23-2010 06:49 PM

Great stuff – thanks for the link aurora – nothing like doing a little lurnin!

-- -- Mike

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#7 posted 10-23-2010 08:29 PM

Yeah, Chip, the stories a tool could tell. To find a tool in great shape, in which some might find value, is to find a boring shelf lived tool.

The Stanley 71 1/2 on the upper left was used a couple of times then put on a shelf in the barn to be used in a wood workers dream upon a retirement that never came to past . The owner had fallen to an untimely death do to an over loaded pulley and a hand forged shackle.

The one on the left is a Millersfalls 77. It was bought and used once by a guy in Richmond Michigan. Although he lived to be ninety three the router was left on the bench in the garage to alone face a surface rust fate.

On the bottom lies the one that lived the life. It was screwed to a piece of plywood and ran against a guide. Used every or every other day for the building of fine cabinets that framed fireplaces and den walls in the homes of Detroit. Though the homes are now decapitated or are empty fields the router is still cherished by a grandson who is also lost in the working of the wood.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 10-23-2010 08:45 PM

I’ve had a Miller-falls for 35 years.
It is not used daily, then again depending on the jobs.
It gathers no dust.
I think once you have a use for them you will definitely treasure it more.
It can leave the cleanest of cuts on joins where you want the maximum of wood to wood contact, like chairs.
My Faither used them on his timber framed canvas skinned canoes when I was young, so I kind of grew up with them. He only bought an electric circular saw in the 60’s, still insisting that they were only good for rough work.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#9 posted 10-23-2010 08:54 PM

If you notice the replacement handle that grandpa made it tells a tale. He took a larger one and made it a quick fit. When you work wood for a living you only spend as much time that it takes to achieve a working part or jig. Nothing fancy, no thrills. You save the perfection for that which you can sell.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#10 posted 10-23-2010 08:56 PM

alba, do you have your fathers?

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#11 posted 10-23-2010 10:17 PM

I use my # 71 quite regularly, although sometimes only to clean out a dado cut on the tablesaw. Those two in the back are beauties!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 05-29-2011 01:37 PM

Wow. Those would take some wood working talent to produce what you do on a power router.

Thanks for sharing a part of woodworking history!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 05-29-2011 02:22 PM

gorgeous routers, my favorite kind. forget festool, there’s stanley:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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