I have 2 router planes, one stanley no 71 and one stanley 71 1/2. i want to put a wooden sole on at least one of them. the 71 1/2 has been apparently dropped and broken, but has been welded back together and is reasonably flat with very little rocking. the question is if I make a sole from my half inch thick stock exactly how much bigger do I need to make the sole? or does it just depend upon my personal preferences?
I put a wooden sole on my router. I don’t think it matters per se. If I had to guess I am likely 1″ to 2″ longer it both width and length. It was mostly dictated by the wood I had laying about. I am happy with the results. Even after honing the steel bottom and removing arris on the edges, I would still get scratches from the steel bottom router on my work pieces. I didn’t like this.
exactly why I was going to add a sole. the 71 1/2 is the one that was broken and welded back. dont want it scratching the wood all up. actually already added it and it glides on the wool a whole lot better than just bare metal.