LumberJocks

Which Router Plane

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by WayneC posted 09-26-2007 01:50 AM 6625 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View WayneC's profile

WayneC

13754 posts in 4096 days


09-26-2007 01:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: handplane tool router stanley

A Stanley 271, Lie-Nielsen 271 or a Veritas Small Router Plane? Anyone have any of these and any recommendations. Here is a link for the Stanley version from Patrick's blood and gore.

http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan14.htm#num271

Here is the Lie-Nielsen Version

Lie-Nielsen Small Router Plane

And the Veritas Version

Veritas Small Router Plane

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


19 replies so far

View Douglas Bordner's profile

Douglas Bordner

4024 posts in 4062 days


#1 posted 09-26-2007 04:00 AM

I bought a used Stanley on eBay several years ago for just exactly what LV now offers theirs for. I am not even sure if Stanley UK still produces the #271. Perhaps the slang term for this tool isn’t suited for our mixed company, but it was referred to as an Old Woman’s (or hag’s) tooth, referent to what a mouth with only one front tooth might look like.

The Lee Valley one does have the ability to be used with the iron enclosed, or turned about to be in a bull nose configuration (oh, duh, just like the ad copy describes). Not sure about the LN. The Stanley did have an optional iron that was spear-pointed with a double-bevel. I haven’t seen that feature in either of the other two. Good tool to have when cutting away around a knifed-in line for small inlay work.

The new mini-routers (Proxxon mini-plunger, and the non-plunging Stewart-MacDonald precision router base for either Foredom or Dremel tools are probably good for wasting the majority of the ground, I just don’t have the nerves of steel necessary to sneak right up to the line with power tools. Spagnuolo can pull it off, I’m just not that good!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

View Thos. Angle's profile

Thos. Angle

4444 posts in 3961 days


#2 posted 09-26-2007 04:15 AM

Wayne,
I keep saying I’m going to get one of these but I don’t want the 271. It just seems too small. I’m thinking more on a 70 or 71 then make a smaller blade for it. Somewhere I read an article about making a “Grannie’s Tooth” . It looked easy and very workable.
Tom

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

View WayneC's profile

WayneC

13754 posts in 4096 days


#3 posted 09-26-2007 04:25 AM

I have a do have a #71, but was thinking abut getting a smaller plane. In the event anyone does not know what one looks like…

Stanley #71

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

View Bob #2's profile

Bob #2

3809 posts in 4020 days


#4 posted 09-26-2007 04:31 AM

I have the “mother in Laws tooth ” too #271.

I believe I bought it new. <g>

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

View Bob #2's profile

Bob #2

3809 posts in 4020 days


#5 posted 09-26-2007 02:29 PM

Wayne:
The new ones dont have holes for the out riggers like the original has . You may have to adapt it to keep your blade parallel to the work surface on figured woods.

Cheers
Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

View WayneC's profile

WayneC

13754 posts in 4096 days


#6 posted 09-26-2007 02:32 PM

David sent me a PM. Each works well in different situations. Buy All 3. I think I like his answer best.

: ^ )

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

View Ethan Sincox's profile

Ethan Sincox

767 posts in 4172 days


#7 posted 09-26-2007 02:56 PM

Wayne,

I have a #271 that I bought from Patrick Leach, himself. I actually used it io the box I’m making right now for the bog oak inlay in the top; I decided to try using my Bosch laminate trim router (it’s too old to be called the Colt – I got this one from a retiring harpsicord maker for about $30) for the oval. I got better results from the Bosch. (On a side note, I have to say I LOVE my Stew-Mac precision Foredom router base.)

I like the #271. I had a little bit of trouble in this box, but there were several circumstances that would have made it difficult for any of the three mini routers. My inlay was too thick (so I had to route it in several passes), the oak was very grainy, and I didn’t have the work piece clamped down like I should have.

That said, I’ve been itching to try the Veritas and certainly wouldn’t mind having one. I bought be #271 before LN or LV came out with theirs; if I’d known they both had one in the works, I might have waited. The draw for me on the Veritas is the ease and precision of adjustment you’re supposed to have.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

View Douglas Bordner's profile

Douglas Bordner

4024 posts in 4062 days


#8 posted 09-26-2007 05:04 PM

Speaking of the Stew-Mac:

5260_ppstory

Caution: be prepared for a whole new category of “I wants” if you wander over for a view.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

View WayneC's profile

WayneC

13754 posts in 4096 days


#9 posted 09-26-2007 06:31 PM

Sweet. Was thinking I needed a Bosh Colt Kit.

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

View Douglas Bordner's profile

Douglas Bordner

4024 posts in 4062 days


#10 posted 09-26-2007 07:38 PM

Just a point of clarification, the Stew-Mac doesn’t plunge. Just set the depth and drop it in and start routing.
That’s why that new Proxxon is looking attractive.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

View MsDebbieP's profile

MsDebbieP

18615 posts in 4159 days


#11 posted 09-27-2007 12:01 AM

I had my hands on the Lee Valley one when I was at the store.. it’s a cute little thing!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

View WayneC's profile

WayneC

13754 posts in 4096 days


#12 posted 09-27-2007 03:56 AM

And you did not take it home with you? It must have been dissapointed.

I still need to find the top end for your Grandpa’s plane Deb. I will keep my eyes open…

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

View Dorje's profile

Dorje

1763 posts in 3995 days


#13 posted 09-27-2007 09:46 AM

Wayne -I’m with David on this…

What are you leaning toward to start with? (I’m just assuming that eventually you will have all of three!)

Although many LV tools aren’t quite as attractive as some of us would like, they sure do think about things! I like the idea of the large® base/sole for example. I’ve never used one of these, but I can imagine that there is some advantage stability wise, depending on the work of course.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

View MsDebbieP's profile

MsDebbieP

18615 posts in 4159 days


#14 posted 09-27-2007 12:35 PM

Dorje… I’m sure you are going to love the Lee Valley Special that Robin talked about..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

View WayneC's profile

WayneC

13754 posts in 4096 days


#15 posted 09-27-2007 03:10 PM

Well, I will probably buy the LV next time I need to order something from them, and the LN next time I place an order with Craftsman Studios. The Stanley I will hold out on until I can find it for $20 or less in an antique sale for flea market some where. (assuming funding is available at the time). Guessing the LN is the most likely of the 3 to occur.

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

showing 1 through 15 of 19 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com