Record Compass Plane - No. 020C

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Manufacturer: Record

Plane Type: Compass

Model No: 020C

The Record 020C compass plane otherwise known as the Record 020C circular plane is a 10 inch long metal plane with an adjustable flexible sole.

The plane is used for planing timber which has a curve such as the edge of a round table.

The Record 020C is a modernisation of the Record 020 compass plane. Effectively it is the Type II Record 020.

The main differences between the Record 020C and the 020 are the frame shape and the design of the knurled sole adjustment wheel nut.



record compass plane no 020 C

The flexible sole on the 020C can be adjusted to form a convex sole or a concave sole, set to the required curvature.

The flexible sole is anchored with the frame at either end of the sole with a screw adjustment in the center.

The sole is adjusted by turning the knurled sole adjustment wheel nut; located on the top of the plane in the center. The screw either pushes the center of the sole down or pulls the sole up to create a curved sole.

Once the sole has been adjusted to form the desired curvature, the adjustment wheel nut is locked by securing the small locking screw just under the adjustment wheel nut.

Similarly the small locking screw should be loosened before turning the adjustment wheel nut.

record compass plane no 020 C

The frame shape provides handy grips to handle and control the plane with ease.

The Record 020C is fitted with the same plane blade, cap iron and lever cap as the number 03 bench planes and the 020 compass planes. This makes finding a replacement piece a lot easier to find.

The plane blade and cap iron are locked in position with the lever cap. This helps to reduce chattering. The lever cap has a plated finish which is usually a nickel plating. The lever cap has a pear shaped hole in the middle in which a screw runs through, the shape helps prevent the cap loosening.

Also, as with the standard bench planes such as the 03, the 020C compass plane has a lateral blade adjusting lever located just behind the blade. This lever pivots side-to-side which in turn adjusts the cutter side-ways (note: the lever cap must be released when making these alterations).

1.

Plane Construction

record compass plane no 020 C

Body and frog:
high grade cast iron

Lever cap:
high grade cast iron with a plated finish

Cap iron:
best quality steel

Base:
flexible spring steel

Blade:
tungsten steel

Plane finish: blue

Record 020C Plane Markings

"Record" - found on the lever cap face.


2.

Plane Construction

record compass plane no 020 C

Body and frog:
high grade cast iron

Lever cap:
high grade cast iron with a plated finish

Cap iron:
best quality steel

Base:
flexible spring steel

Blade:
tungsten steel

Plane finish: blue (usually a paler blue)

Record 020C Plane Markings

"Record 020C" - printed on either side of the frame (these markings wear off).

"Record" - found on the lever cap face.


3.

Manufactured Dates

1970 - 2004

4.

Plane Also Known As

Record Circular Plane 020 C
Record Curved Plane 020 C
Record Rounding Plane 020 C

5.

Are There Any Problems / Issues With This Tool?

When buying an 020C compass plane, it is worth checking the anchors (the pieces of metal which connect the frame to either end of the sole) aren't damaged / loose / disconnected. Similarly where the central section meets the sole.

Also it is worth checking the frame hasn't cracked from a previous fall.

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