Edward Preston Bullnose Plane - No. 2509

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Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Edward Preston

Plane Type: Bullnose

Model No: 2509

The Edward Preston plane 2509 is a 10cm long 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. 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 made up of two pieces; the main body and a detachable front nose piece. The front nose piece is secured/removed using a screw.

The purpose of the detachable nose is to offer a chisel plane function which is particualrly useful for planing right into a corner.

edward preston plane 2509

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 2509 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 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 2509

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.

Edward Preston produced a very similar plane which didn't have a detachable nose. The plane was the Edward Preston 1355 bullnose plane.

This model of plane was reproduced in a slightly new form by Record (C & J Hampton Ltd); the Record 077A plane, in the 1930’s to 1990's.


Plane Construction

edward preston plane 2509

Body: cast iron

Lever cap: cast iron

Plane finish: nickel plating

Edward Preston 2509 Plane Blade / Cutter

Material: best steel

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

Top Of Blade Shape: Squared, with open window slot

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

Edward Preston 2509 Plane Markings

"No 2509" - found on one of the plane sides towards the bottom.

"Preston England" - found on the lever cap face with a two cherries symbol. Originally this had a red back ground however it is quite common to find these with a partial red background or no background colour.


Manufactured Dates

? - 1934


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