Record Technical Jack Plane - No. T5 SS

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Review By: I.Ball

Category: Old Jack Planes

Manufacturer: Record

Plane Type: Jack

Model No: T5 SS

The Record jack plane number T5 SS (Stay Set) is identical to the Record T5 (see the Record T5 for the full review) with the exception of the faceplate and the 'Stay Set' cap iron.

The face plate has the addition of 'SS' on top of a red back ground, located toward the top of the lever cap face. This 'SS' indicates the plane is fitted with the Stay Set cap iron (always best to check as replacements with different parts can of occurred during the planes history).


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record t5 plane

The 'Stay Set' cap iron is made in two parts, the upper, or main part and the lower, or deflector.

In adjusting the cap iron, seldom will it be necessary to move the upper part. Once the deflector is set at the required distance, the cutter may be honed many times and the deflector put back in exactly the same place as it occupied before.

There is no need to reomve the upper part even for grinding.

The Stay Set cap iron is a great time saver. The saving of time, however important, is not the main advantage of the Stay Set cap iron. The one bugbear of fine work with planes has been the tendency for some of them to 'chatter'.

Chattering with the Stay Set cap iron is an impossibility.


Plane Construction

record plane t5 ss

Length: 33cm (13 inch)

Weight: 2.27kg (5lbs)

Body and frog: high grade cast iron

Lever cap: high grade cast iron with a plated finish

Cap iron: best quality steel

Blade: crucible cast tungsten steel

Depth adjuster wheel/nut: brass

Handle and knob (earlier models 1930's - 1940's): rosewood

Handle and knob (later models 1950's - 1960's): selected hardwoods

Plane finish: blue


Manufactured Dates

1939 - 1965


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