Edward Preston Bullnose Plane 1347 Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Bullnose Planes
Manufacturer: Edward Preston
Plane Type: Bullnose
Model No: 1347
The Edward Preston plane number 1347 is a 3 3/4" long bull-nose plane.
The cast iron plane body is designed with contrasting black and steel curves and textures giving this plane an impressive sculptural design.
The plane is classed as a non-adjustable bull-nose plane due to there being no blade fine adjustment mechanism; the plane requires the user to position the blade by hand.
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 brass securing nut located on top of the securing cap. The brass tightening screw is usually marked on the face with the Edward Preston logo.
The 1347 plane was fitted with a shouldered bevel edge plane blade. The plane
blade is 1 1/8" (28mm) wide. The plane blade sits in the plane with the bevel
edge face up and the cutting edge spanning the full width of the plane. The
original plane blade had 'Edward Preston' markings, usually 'Preston, EP, Birm, Eng'.
There seems to be many types / modifications / versions of this plane. There are at least four different versions of this plane (as can be seen in the photos). I also think I might have seen this model with other differences.
This plane design hasn't been seen since Edward Preston ceased making tools in the early 1930's, including Record (C & J Hampton Ltd), who took over the plane range in the early 1930's from Edward Preston, chose not to put this plane in their range.
The Preston 1347 bull-nose plane was also produced with a fence. The version with the fence has the model number 1347F, see the Edward Preston 1347F plane review.
Body: cast iron
Lever cap: cast iron
Plane finish: black japanning
Edward Preston 1347 Plane Blade / Cutter
Material: best steel
Width (bottom): 29mm (1 1/8 inch)
Top Of Blade Shape: Snecked with rounded corners
Blade Markings: 'Preston, EP, Birm, Eng'
Edward Preston 1347 Plane Markings
"Edwrd Preston & Sons, EP" - found on the brass securing nut on the lever cap (on some planes).
1900's - 1934
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