Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Bullnose Planes
Manufacturer: Edward Preston
Plane Type: Bullnose
Model No: 1347F
The Edward Preston plane number 1347F is a multi-functional bullnose
rebate plane and fillister plane.
The 1347F is almost the same as the 1347 but for a few differences. The 1347F has additional fence and stop attachments which are detachable. The body has screw holes for the fence and stop to attach to the plane.
The 3 3/4" long plane has a cast iron body with a classic Edward Preston shape and design, it has a lever cap / securing cap with a brass knurled securing nut and it has 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'.
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.
This plane design hasn't been seen since Edward Preston ceased making tools in the early 1930's, including Record who chose not to put this plane in their range. Record (C & J Hampton Ltd) took over the plane range in the early 1930's from Edward Preston.
The fence sits underneath the plane with the ends wrapping round the front and
rear of the plane.
The fence can be slid into the required position and then locked in place with the locking screws.
The fence offers the fillister function. The fillister plane function facilitates left hand and right hand fillister use.
The fence is adjustable from 1/8" - 1/2".
The depth stop attachment fixes to either side of the plane with the use of two securing screws. The stop facilitates the depth of rebate / rabbet. The depth stop is adjustable to 3/8".
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).
1910's - 1934
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