Edward Preston Bullnose Plane - No. 1355

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Review By: I.Ball


Manufacturer: Edward Preston

Plane Type: Bullnose

Model No: 1355

The Edward Preston plane 1355 is a 10cm long fixed sole, adjustable bullnose plane made in the early years of the 20th century.

The plane is made from cast iron and finished with a nickel plating. There are two versions of the 1355 plane, one with a width of 5/8” (16mm) and one with a width of 1 1/8” (29mm).

This plating is prone to coming off through years of use, as such these planes are often found today with partial plating cover or even no plating cover.

The body cast is one solid piece with a fixed nose.



edward preston plane 1355

The plane can be used left or right handed and can be laid perfectly flat and used on either of its sides to trim rebates, shoulder lines and tenons.

The plane has curved, domed top securing cap and front nose offering added comfort and control.

The Edward Preston 1355 bull-nose plane is equipped with a blade adjusting mechanism. The blade adjuster control is located at the rear of the plane in the form of a knurled nut. The adjuster is used to control the depth at which the blade will cut.

The plane is fitted with a shouldered cast steel Edward Preston plane blade. The cutting edge is 5/8” (16mm) wide or 1 1/8" (2.9cm) wide with a bevel edge; the width of the blade spans the full width of the plane. The top of the blade has a slot to allow the blade adjuster to locate with the blade. The blade sits in the plane with the bevel edge side facing upwards.


edward preston plane 1355

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 knurled securing wheel located on the underside of the securing cap.

This plane seems to be one of the most common Edward Preston planes which appear today.

This model of plane was reproduced in a slightly new form by Record (C & J Hampton Ltd), model 077, in the 1930’s to early 1940’s. Record also produced the 077A plane at the same time and beyond which had a detachable front nose modification. The plane more recently has been produced in a similar design as part of the Clifton plane range in the form of the Clifton 770 plane.


edward preston plane 1355
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Plane Construction

edward preston bullnose plane 1355

Body: cast iron

Lever cap: cast iron

Plane finish: nickel plating


Edward Preston 1355 Plane Blade / Cutter

Material: best steel

Width (bottom): 5/8” (16mm) or 29mm (1 1/8 inch)

Top Of Blade Shape: Squared, with open window slot

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

Edward Preston 1355 Plane Markings

"Preston England" - found on the lever cap face with a two cherries symbol.


2.

Plane Construction

edward preston plane 1355

Body: cast iron

Lever cap: cast iron

Plane finish: nickel plating


Edward Preston 1355 Plane Blade / Cutter

Material: best steel

Width (bottom): 5/8” (16mm) or 29mm (1 1/8 inch)

Top Of Blade Shape: Squared, with open window slot

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

Edward Preston 1355 Plane Markings

"No 1355" - found on one of the plane sides towards the bottom.

"Preston England" - found on the lever cap face with a two cherries symbol.


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Manufactured Dates

1900's - 1934

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