Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Transitional Planes
Plane Type: Transitional
Catalogue No: 2690
The Marples transitional smoothing plane is made with a Red Beech body, rear handle
and front bun, it has a cast iron lever cap, and brass depth adjuster wheel.
The cutter can be advanced with the use of a knurled wheel placed immediately forward of the handle, whilst lateral adjustments are made using the lateral lever. The lateral lever arm has the nice touch of having a scrolled finish to the top of the arm.
The back of the frog is brass coloured.
This plane combines the design of traditional wooden smoothing planes, infill smoothing planes and 20th century iron smoothing planes:
It has a built in front bun slightly representing those
of infill smoothing planes made by Norris and Spiers Of Ayr, it has curvaceous
sides slightly representing those of the infill planes and iron planes.
The plane has a blade, cap iron, lever cap, lateral adjuster and depth adjuster almost identical to those of 20th century iron planes made by Marples, Stanley and Record.
The Marples transitional smoothing plane has a wooden rear handle similar to those found on traditional wooden jack and jointer planes and some smoothing planes. In fact it was advertised in catalogues as having an "unbreakable body and comfort in handling generally associated with the older type Wooden Plane".
Catalogue No. 2690
Body and Handle: Red Beech
Marples Transitional Smoothing Plane Blade / Cutter
Width: 51mm (2 inch)
Blade Thickness: 2.5mm
Slot Length: 120mm
Slot Width: 12mm
Top Of Blade Shape: Squared
Blade Markings: W. Marples & Sons, Sheffield England, Solid Crucible Steel
"Marples" - found on top of the bun at the front.
"Marples" - found on the lever cap face.
"Marples" - found on the lateral lever adjuster.
"Wm Marples And Sons, Shamrock Brand, Sheffield" - found on the trade label on the left side.
? - ? (was available in 1965)
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