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I’m trying to figure out how to use the depth gauge in the Stanley No. 71 Router plane. I found a couple of videos that shows how to use a router plane, but one YouTube video has a new modern router plane and I need to know how to use the old Stanley No.71. The other video has my router plane, but only shows the operation and not how the gauge is set.

Can anybody explain how to do this or point me to a video of it?
 

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Thanks Billy,
I was looking for a photo to see if I understood you correctly and just now came across this PDF instruction sheet
http://www.tooltrip.com/tooltrip9/stanley/stanmisc/71man.pdf

I can understand about cutting narrow stock, but I'm still having trouble envisioning the depth stop as to how it actually works without interfering with the cut. Is it more of a visual reference?
 

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Sleeper unfortunately it doesn't show it in the link you posted ,but I think you`ve got it.
It is very much a visual thing the small shoe fastens to the top part of the pin,the pin is lose in the plane so moves down in the dado or rabbet as the blade removes the waste till the shoe touches the plane and then you can see it has reached the depth that you set it at.

BTW the two holes in the sole are so you can fasten a flat piece of wood to the sole to increase the sole area.
The 71 1/2 has two slots milled into the sole of the plane so a fence can also be fastened onto the sole, I don't know if this is the same on the 71.
Mine doesn't have the slot or the fence, but does have the two counter sunk holes. I wasn't sure what they were for and was thinking it was for mounting on a table or something.
Anyway Thanks Billy for your help
 
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