I came into possession of a Stanley 71 router. Although it came with a blade, it
was a beat-up and I had some gift cards to Lee Valley so I bought some new
blades for it (1/2" straight, 1/2" spear-point, and the 3/4" blade). It says on
the Lee Valley website that these blades fit the Stanley #71 router planes...
with the height-adjustment nut inverted. Therein lies the rub -- my 71 doesn't
have a height-adjustment mechanism. And the new Lee Valley blades are just a
hair too thick. So, my questions are:
1. why doesn't my 71 have the height adjustment mechanism? Is this something
older versions of the 71 didn't have, or is mine incomplete?
2. In order to make the blades fit on this 71, should I make the inside diameter
of the collar a bit bigger or the outside diameter of the three blades a bit
I'm a simple man. I like pretty dark-haired women and breakfast food.