Small Router Plane - Open Throat



Small Router Plane

Loosely based on the Stanley No. 271, these small Router Planes are perfect for shallow mortise and small relief work. The compact design makes it easy to guide along narrow edges and fit into tight spaces.

  • 4" long x 2" wide
  • O1 blade with 1/4" wide square tip
  • Iron body, .55 lbs.

For inlay work, we offer an optional 3/32" square tipped blade, and 1/4" and 3/32" pointed blades.

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Small Router Planes

Our router planes are loosely based on Stanley models, but many revisions of router planes have been made over the years. All derive from the traditional, wood-bodied routers often referred to as the old woman’s tooth.

The open throat design makes it easy to see what you are doing. Sometimes, as when working a narrow edge, this can be a drawback. A good solution for this is to tape or screw a piece of wood or MDF to the base.

Blade Sharpening:

The blade comes ready to use. Slight additional honing will increase performance


Blade Adjustment:

Advance the depth of cut as you work. Loosen the lock screw and advance the blade with the adjuster nut. Take as thick a shaving as you comfortably can.


Additional blades for our Small Router Plane are available and can be used in the Large Router Plane with the Router Plane Blade Adapter.


The body is cast from Ductile Iron, a very strong alloy that will take a lot of abuse. These castings are fully stress-relieved, a process that removes inherent stresses and ensures that the tool will remain flat and true. Other parts are Brass. The blade is O-1 tool steel, hardened and tempered to Rockwell 60-62. Our heat treating technique ensures that the blade will take and hold a very fine edge for a long time.


The body of this tool is Ductile Iron and will rust. Protect it by oiling or waxing and wrapping it after use. Occasionally, the tool should be disassembled, cleaned, and moving parts oiled. The blade should be kept lightly oiled to prevent rust, especially when tool is not in use. Waxing or oiling the body will help protect it from rust. We recommend Camellia or Jojoba Oil, vegetable oil based products. They are non-toxic, odor-free and easy to use. Also, in our shop, we use a fine abrasive handblock to remove any light surface oxide from tool bodies and blades. Oils and abrasive handblocks are available from us.


Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for the life of your tool. Call for repairs or replacement parts. We are available for advice if you ever have a problem using your tool.

Proposition 65 Notice:

Bronze and brass alloys contain lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.