Record Router - No. 071 1/2

record router 071 1/2
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Record 071 1/2 Router Plane Review By: I.Ball

Category: Old Routers

Manufacturer: Record

Plane Type: Router

Model No: 071 1/2


The Record router number 071 1/2 is a two-handled hand tool used for cutting, cleaning and smoothing grooves / depressed surfaces parallel with the surface of the work.

The Record 071 1/2 is referred to as a closed throat router due to the router body being flat with a closed face, this is in contrast to the open mouth routers which have a raised hollow arch (bridge) at the front of the router.

The advantage of the Record 071 1/2 router over the Record 071 router is it is better suited to very narrow work such as on the edge of a piece of timber.

The 071 1/2 routers do not have a depth stop.

record router 071 1/2

The 071 1/2 router was supplied with three cutters as standard: 1/4", 1/2" and 'V' (splayed smoothing cutter).

Note: the 'V' cutter is not the same profile as a 'V' chisel or carving tool.

The blades on the router can be set facing to the front for regular work or they can be set towards the rear for bull-nose work. The blades can be set to rear facing by removing the collar clamp and turning around. The cutters can also be adjusted upwards and downwards to the required depth by a screw adjustment.

The Record routers at the time of first creation were designed as a modern development of the iron Edward Preston routers and previous to that, the common wooden routers known as 'granny tooth routers' or 'old woman's tooth routers'.

Router Construction

high grade cast iron

Beech and selected hardwoods


Router Markings

"Record" - found on the top of the router

"No 071 1/2" - found on the top of the router

"Made In England" - found on the top of the router

Manufactured Dates

1932 - 1943


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