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Rob Young

I was cleaning up the workbench and while re-arranging the goodies on the shelf I picked up my Stanley 66 beader.  It reminded me that that is yet ANOTHER possibility for router planes in small work.  A full set of #66 “blades” included a router plane blade such as the photo I’ve attached.

While not the greatest solution to a small router plane (the #271 or its cousins is a better choice) it does have one very important aspect and that is the #66 is a fantastic multi-tasking tool.  Not to be a commercial, but LN offers new models however the secondary market is quite full of vintage #66s.  Often missing are the extra blades (make your own, buy from LN or from St. James Bay Tool Co.) and the fence(s).  There are supposed to be two fences, a straight and a curved.  My own #66 is missing the curved fence.  Having both fences is nice if for no other reason except that you can push one up against the other and when tightened down, it minimizes the chance of a fence slipping.  So far, I’ve not found a slipping fence to be a big problem using the straight fence on well-behaved wood.  YMMV.


First picture is three blades, a “new made” bead, its vintage counterpart and a new made router blade (vintage one wasn’t in the little storage box, rather worried it may be lost!).  Next photo shows the #66 with the router blade installed & fence removed.  Last photo shows the hook of the router blade.  Sharpen the same as a fixed leg blade for a #271 by hanging off the side of the stone.

(Well, can’t seem to edit files so now I not only have them out of order, I’ve got one duplicated.  Anyway, I think you all can figure it out based on the descriptions.)