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Stanley router plane - no. 71, c.1893-1899 - $130 (Seal Bay Park)

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Bates road
condition: good
make / manufacturer: Stanley
model name / number: no.71
size / dimensions: Standard
I’m open to differing opinions about the approximate manufacturing date. My primary assumption is that Session Foundry produced castings for Stanley until 1899 (for bench planes anyway). The patent date - March 4 1884 - embossment would cover type 2 models until 1899, as well.

I’ve used this tool for while, happily, in oak tenons for furniture, particular sections of doors (hinge recessed, for instance) frames and gates. Although the fine adjustment must be done by hand (second patent date on later model types with vertical screw adjustment) there are tricks that keep this tool a regular candidate for daily work.

1/2” cutter (chisel of same width shown for comparison)
Some pitting, rusting and oxidation beneath the flaky nickel-plating.
One knob has some tight cracks. Easy refurbishment on these, and the seasoned-boxwood-tone is a nice aesthetic from the original hard maple knobs.
Pretty simple and useful piece of kit. I never restored it because I know how scarce the earliest router planes are. Special price for a rare object. It’s sharp and ready to use.

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