Replacement cutter for Stanley 71 (your input requested)

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  • #137493
    Igor Kerstges
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    Hi all,

    This weekend I broke the cutter of my Stanley 71. Now I’m looking into replacement options for this 1/2″ wide cutter with straight edge. On eBay, I find several for sale but from the photo’s I’m very sceptical about the condition of any of those and none of them come cheap. Now I found on youtube an interesting report by user Dave Bardin (link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_c2LJl-Q64) who test-fitted a Veritas cutter into the Stanley which seems to work well.

    Does anybody here have such experiences? Does anybody have other recommendations?

    Thanks in advance and cheers,
    Igor

    Edit: Stanley 71 is a router plane like below
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    #137497
    David B
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    I thought I read recently (maybe even a Paul Sellers entry) that a person could conceivably tweak an allen wrench into a router plane cutter. Obviously that would require a good bit of grinding work and a fair amount of work on the sharpening station to get it right but it did sound like an interesting idea for an enterprising woodworker…

    Edit: Yup–I think this is where I read it: https://paulsellers.com/2012/03/not-so-poor-mans-router-really-works/. I think that if you can grind out a small perimiter groove near the top you could probably make it fit into a Stanley pretty nicely with a functional adjustment wheel.

    Allen wrench router plane blade

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    #137502
    Igor Kerstges
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    Hi David, thanks for your input. I read through Paul’s post and I like what I see there. Unfortunately I don’t think I’m equipped to grind that much off an allen wrench of the approximate size I’m looking at. Cheers, Igor

    #137503
    Ed
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    I think the Lee Valley / Veritas router blades fit in the 71. Double check. Their tech support is excellent, but I think you’ll find people online saying they have done this.

    Oops. I should have read your posting more carefully and notice you already knew this. 🙂 You’ll get an answer from LV in a day if you are worried and want to ask them.

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    #137507
    Ed
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    Igor- I forgot that I still had a 71. I took the 1/2″ cutter out of my Veritas router and tried it in the 71. It fits perfectly. This 71 is one I purchased new from Highland Hardware 8 or more years ago. Seems you should be fine.

    #137508
    Igor Kerstges
    Participant

    Thanks Ed, much appreciated! I have decided to order the Veritas cutter and will report back when I’ve tried a first with it! Cheers, Igor

    #137544
    David Gill
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    Hi David B
    Not sure if you are referring to a post I had done
    I had replied to an earlier post “Advice on small Router plane” , saying that it was possible to make a small cutter from an allen Key . I had a piece of 3/8″ square bar that I drilled a hole in to take a 5/32″ allen key. I did not bother with the adjustment groove
    It worked fine for producing a short length of a narrow groove. I do not know how well it would work with a larger Allen Key

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    STEVE MASSIE
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    I have a Lee Valley ( Veritas ) blade setup in mine and it works great, took a little sandpaper to tweak it but no issues. That is the route I would go, I bought the 3 piece set.

    Steve

    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US

    #137573
    rodmeza
    Participant

    Hi all,

    Just like to report that the 1/2 in. spear-point blade works like a charm, better than the original. So far I have only tried them on maple and walnut.

    The only small variation you have to make to the Stanley 71 is place the top scroll nut upside-down since the shank for these blades is slightly longer than that of the original blades. On the upside, that means you can plane lower also.

    They also provide a sharpening jig that makes the blade easier to sharpen.

    In time I will get more of these blades since they are very well machined.

    Cheers,
    Rod

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    #137587
    David B
    Participant

    Hi David B
    Not sure if you are referring to a post I had done
    I had replied to an earlier post “Advice on small Router plane” , saying that it was possible to make a small cutter from an allen Key . I had a piece of 3/8″ square bar that I drilled a hole in to take a 5/32″ allen key. I did not bother with the adjustment groove
    It worked fine for producing a short length of a narrow groove. I do not know how well it would work with a larger Allen Key

    It is entirely possible! Looks like you had good success with that trick.

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