Handy Router Planes from Lie-Nielsen
Company releases two precision router planes, the No. 71 and the smaller No. 271
I use a router plane all the time in my shop. Indeed, over the years, my antique Stanley No. 71-1/2 has proven invaluable. The tool makes it easy to smooth the bottoms of dadoes, grooves, and rabbets. It’s perfect for adjusting the fit of a hinge mortise and doing inlay work, too.
Lie-Nielsen recently introduced two new router planes, the No. 71 and the smaller No. 271. I gave both a good workout in my shop.
Despite my fondness for the old Stanley, the Lie-Nielsen No. 71 takes the tool to a new level. A square hole in the base accepts a massive O-1 steel blade. You adjust the blade with one knob, and then tighten it in position with another. The depth of cut can be changed quickly and precisely, a nice feature for “sneaking up” on a perfect fit. A depth stop is easily adjusted and locks securely.