Resurrecting an old router plane

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Forum topic by Brett posted 02-08-2012 03:48 AM 1186 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-08-2012 03:48 AM

Has anyone bought an old Stanley (or similar) router plane and fixed it up? How well does it work? Is it possible to buy replacement irons?

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#1 posted 02-08-2012 03:51 AM

THere is no shortage of cutters for that plane. Which do you have ? #71

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#2 posted 02-08-2012 04:47 AM

I don’t have any yet. I see them for sale online, but rarely with more than one (or even any) cutters.

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#3 posted 02-08-2012 04:50 AM

I think superdav721 fixed one up. Looked great, cant remember how it worked for him.

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#4 posted 02-08-2012 04:51 AM

I’ve also heard of people using old hex (allen) wrenches to make new cutters. Haven’t tried it myself, but perhaps it’s something to look into.

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#5 posted 02-08-2012 04:52 AM

They work well for cleaning out the bottoms of grooves and dados. I have seen extra irons on e bay from time to time.

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#6 posted 02-08-2012 05:03 AM

Another LJ thread discussed this. Restore is a good thing, the router plane is a very useful tool.

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#7 posted 02-08-2012 01:35 PM

Oops, I guess that “other LJ thread” was mine. I must be getting old.

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#8 posted 02-08-2012 01:47 PM

You can get replacement cutters from Lee Valley or you can call Walt at Walt is a great guy to deal with.

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#9 posted 02-12-2012 08:25 PM

Or, you can buy one FROM stanley for $5.75.

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