Record Bullnose Plane - No. 077A

record 077a bull-nose plane
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Manufacturer: Record

Plane Type: Bullnose

Model No: 077A

The Record 077A bull-nose plane is a 4" (10.2cm) adjustable, two function bull-nose rebate plane. The plane can be used as a bullnose rebate plane and as a chisel plane.

The plane is made from cast iron and finished with a nickel plating.

The body has a removable front nose piece which when removed converts the plane function to a chisel plane. The front nose piece is secured/removed using a screw.

The front nose has two packing pieces / shims which allow the mouth size to be adjusted by placing 0, 1 or 2 pieces in between the front nose piece and the plane body.



record 077a plane

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 areas on top of the plane offering added comfort and control.

The Record 077A 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 tungsten steel 077A plane blade. The cutting edge is 1 1/8" (2.9cm) wide with a bevel edge. 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.


record 077a plane parts

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.

The Record 077A plane was presented in a variety of presentation boxes during its long production period of over 60 years. The first box was a varnished Record wooden box with a sliding lid, followed by a variety of cardboard boxes. The first cardboard box was a dark blue colour and then they got lighter from there.

It is fairly common to find the plane with partial nickel plating cover or even no plating cover as it is prone to coming off through years of use.

1.

Plane Construction

record 077a plane

Body: high grade cast iron

Lever cap: high grade cast iron

Plane finish: nickel plating


Record 077A Plane Blade / Cutter

Material: tungsten steel

Width (bottom): 25mm (1 inch)

Top Of Blade Shape: Squared, with open window slot


record 077a plane

Record 077A Plane Markings

"No 077A" - found at the bottom of one side towards the back end.

"Record British" - found on the lever cap face with a blue background (the blue background has quite often worn partially or completely).


2.

Plane Construction

record 077a plane

Body: high grade cast iron

Lever cap: high grade cast iron

Plane finish: nickel plating or bright finish


Record 077A Plane Blade / Cutter

Material: tungsten steel

Width (bottom): 25mm (1 inch)

Top Of Blade Shape: Squared, with open window slot


record 077a plane

Record 077A Plane Markings

"Record No 077 / 077A, Made In England" - found at the bottom of one side towards the back end. The markings are sometimes on the left side and sometimes the right side.

"Record" - found on the lever cap face.


3.

Plane Construction

record 077a plane

Body: high grade cast iron

Lever cap: high grade cast iron

Plane finish: bright finish


Record 077A Plane Blade / Cutter

Material: tungsten steel

Width (bottom): 25mm (1 inch)

Top Of Blade Shape: Squared, with open window slot


record 077a plane

Record 077A Plane Markings

"Record No 077 / 077A, Made In England" - found at the bottom of one side towards the back end. The markings are sometimes on the left side and sometimes the right side.


4.

Plane Construction

record 077a plane

Body: high grade cast iron

Lever cap: high grade cast iron

Plane finish: bright finish


Record 077A Plane Blade / Cutter

Material: tungsten steel

Width (bottom): 25mm (1 inch)

Top Of Blade Shape: Squared, with open window slot

Record 077A Plane Markings

No markings, other than the plane blade.


5.

Plane Dimensions

Length:
102mm (4 inch)

Width:
29mm (1 1/8 inch)

Weight:
570g (1 1/4lb)

6.

Manufactured Dates

1933 - 1994

7.

Plane Also Known As

Record 077 rebate plane
Record 077 rabbet plane
Record 077A 2-piece plane

8.

Are There Any Problems / Issues With This Tool?

Things that are worth checking for when buying an old secondhand Record 077A plane are: is there much life left in the plane blade, is there any heavy pitting on the smooth side of the blades cutting edge area, is there any cast damage/welding and are there any chips/damage to the plane mouth.

Another thing to be aware of when buying a secondhand Record 077A plane is that the packing pieces/shims may be missing; this doesn't stop the plane from being used but it does prevent the mouth from being adjusted.

If a replacement front piece is needed, it should be noted there can be some slight variations in size of the front nose pieces.

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