Stanley No. 71 1/2 Router Type Study
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- "No. 71-1/2", "STANLEY" & "PATENTED MARCH 4, 84" all cast on base.
- A "stippled" pattern is cast into the base.
- Turned maple knobs finished natural.
- Models manufactured c. 1896-1989 may have "S" casting marks.
- Models manufactured c. 1899-1901 may have "B" casting marks.
- Bolt that secures knob is of two-piece construction as on bench planes.
- Two cutters were provided, 1/4" & 1/2" wide.
- All features identical to Type 1 except:
- Patent date cast on base is now "OCT. 29, 01". This was for the cutter
Patent No. 685,411, granted to Albert F. Schade.
- Some models of this type may have "STANLEY-NEW BRITAIN, CONN.-U.S.A."
stamped in the adjustment wheel.
- The cutter adjustment (shown at right) was now provided on all Stanley
- Although many router plane specimens, with the adjustment provision, are
found with the small diameter collar of the adjustment wheel down, it should
be up. All Stanley catalogue illustrations and patent drawings show it up.
You cannot obtain the full depth adjustment with the collar down.
- "B" casting marks are located on most casting.
- Bolt for knobs is now one piece.
- All features identical to Type 2 except:
- "STANLEY" repositioned and now cast in plain block letters.
- All castings now provided with raised bosses and recessed where screw holes
may be drilled and counter sunk, if desired. This was to attach a wood
base. Screw holes found in the base of earlier types apparently were
drilled and countersunk by the owner.
- All models of this type have the markings on the cutter adjustment wheel.
- All "B" casting marks are eliminated.
- All features identical to Type 3 except:
- "STANLEY" and "No. 71-1/2" now cast in old English script.
- The base now has a "checkered" design cast into it.
- The screw holes in the base were now drilled at the factory.
- An extra V-shaped smoothing cutter (shown at right) was provided
starting in 1917.
- The V-shaped cutter is of a two-piece construction. The patent date
stamped on early cutters is "5-14-12". This was
Patent No. 1,026,053
granted on May 14, 1912, to Thomas B. Saner of Clifton, Arizona, and
assigned to the S.R. & L. Co.
- All features identical to Type 4 except:
- Patent date was eliminated. "MADE IN USA" now cast on bed.
- Some maple knobs of this type are finished natural and others are painted
- Some late models of this type, c. 1938, were modified with the adjustable
fence provision (shown below.)
- Some late models of this type, c. 1938, may have the redesigned cutters
(shown at right) with a groove all around, at the top, to engage the
- Gradations are marked on the top of the cutters to aid in adjustment.
Casting without adjustable fence provision
Casting with adjustable fence provision
Stanley 1939-1941 (Major change)
- All features identical to Type 5 except:
- Main casting was redesigned to conform with No. 71 router.
- "STANLEY" was changed to block letters inside the notched rectangle logo.
- "No. 71-1/2" and "MADE IN USA" were repositioned on the base
- All models of this type have the new cutters with the full groove and
graduations at the top.
- All routers are now provided with an adjustable fence that travels in two
machined grooves on the bottom surface (shown at right.)
- A section of the checkered design was eliminated to thicken the base
around the screw holes.
- Late models of this type, c. 1941, have rosewood knobs.
- All features identical to Type 6 except:
- Wartime models are japanned black.
- Early models, c. 1942, are equipped with rosewood knobs.
- Knobs on later models, c. 1943-45, are hardwood painted black.
- All features identical to Type 7 except:
- Castings are now nickel-plated.
- Maple knobs may or may not be painted black.
- The No. 71-1/2 closed-throat router plane was eliminated in 1949.