Edward Preston Bullnose Plane - No. 1347

preston bullnose plane 1347
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Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Edward Preston

Plane Type: Bullnose

Model No: 1347

The Edward Preston plane number 1347 is a 3 3/4" long bull-nose plane.

The cast iron plane body is designed with contrasting black and steel curves and textures giving this plane an impressive sculptural design.

The plane is classed as a non-adjustable bull-nose plane due to there being no blade fine adjustment mechanism; the plane requires the user to position the blade by hand.

The blade is held firmly in place with the use of the securing cap / lever cap. The cap locks the blade in place by locating the securing cap into the two notches in the plane body and then turning until tight the brass securing nut located on top of the securing cap. The brass tightening screw is usually marked on the face with the Edward Preston logo.

edward preston plane 1347

The 1347 plane was fitted with a shouldered bevel edge plane blade. The plane blade is 1 1/8” (28mm) wide. The plane blade sits in the plane with the bevel edge face up and the cutting edge spanning the full width of the plane. The original plane blade had ‘Edward Preston’ markings, usually ‘Preston, EP, Birm, Eng’.

There seems to be many types / modifications / versions of this plane. There are at least four different versions of this plane (as can be seen in the photos). I also think I might have seen this model with other differences.

This plane design hasn’t been seen since Edward Preston ceased making tools in the early 1930’s, including Record (C & J Hampton Ltd), who took over the plane range in the early 1930’s from Edward Preston, chose not to put this plane in their range.

The Preston 1347 bull-nose plane was also produced with a fence. The version with the fence has the model number 1347F, see the Edward Preston 1347F plane review.

edward preston plane 1347

Plane Construction

edward preston plane 1347

Body: cast iron

Lever cap: cast iron

Plane finish: black japanning

Edward Preston 1347 Plane Blade / Cutter

Material: best steel

Width (bottom): 29mm (1 1/8 inch)

Top Of Blade Shape: Snecked with rounded corners

Blade Markings: ‘Preston, EP, Birm, Eng’

Edward Preston 1347 Plane Markings

"Edwrd Preston & Sons, EP" - found on the brass securing nut on the lever cap (on some planes).


Manufactured Dates

1900's - 1934


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