Loosely based on the Stanley 271, this small router plane features a stout 1/4" (6.35mm) square blade and is perfect for small relief and shallow mortise work. Approximately 4" (10.16cm) x 2" (5.08cm), weight .55 lbs. Optional 3/32" (2.38mm) square tipped and pointed blades for inlay work available.
The open throat design makes it easy to see what you are doing. Sometimes, as when working a narrow edge, this can be a drawback. A piece of wood or MDF, taped or screwed to the base solves this problem.
USE & CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Blade Sharpening: The blade comes ready to use. Slight additional honing will increase performance.
Blade Adjustment: Advance the depth of cut as you work. Loosen the lock screw and advance the blade with the adjuster nut. Take as thick a shaving as you comfortably can.
Depth Stop: To cut to a specific depth use the depth stop. Set the blade so the finish depth, set the stop all the way down, tighten the thumbscrew on the stop. Then raise the blade to take your first shaving. Advance the depth of cut until the depth stop prevents you from going deeper.
To easily set the blade depth stop, shim the tool on your bench with shims of the desired thickness. Advance the blade until it touches the bench. Lock the stop in the down position.
Fences: Use the fence to guide the tool along an edge- the concave end of the fence is for curved work.
Materials: The body is cast from Ductile Iron, a very strong alloy that will take a lot of abuse. These castings are fully stress-relieved, a process that removes inherent stresses and ensures that the tool will remain flat and true. Other parts are Brass, Stainless Steel and Cherry.
The blade is O-1 tool steel, hardened and tempered to Rockwell 60-62. Our heat treating technique ensures that the blade will take and hold a very fine edge for a long time.
Maintenance: The body of this tool is Ductile Iron and will rust. Protect it by oiling or waxing and wrapping it after use.
Occasionally, the tool should be disassembled, cleaned, and moving parts oiled. The blade should be kept lightly oiled to prevent rust, especially when tool is not in use. Waxing or oiling the body will help protect it from rust. In our shop, we use a fine abrasive handblock (available from us) to remove light surface oxide from body or blade. when tool is not in use. Waxing or oiling the body will help protect it from rust. In our shop, we use a fine abrasive handblock (available from us) to remove light surface oxide from body or blade.
Accessories: Additional blades for this Small Router Plane are available and can be used in the Large Router Plane with the Router Plane Blade Adapter.
Guarantee: Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for the life of your tool.