Edward Preston Plane 1014 Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Smoothing Planes
Manufacturer: Edward Preston
Plane Type: Smoothing
Model No: 1014
The Edward Preston smoothing plane number 1014 is a 23.6cm long plane
finished with a dark green japanning.
The dark green finish is a very similar colour to the finish used on the Clifton planes produced by Clico over half a century later. Clico purchased the Record Tools company and prior to this the Record Tools company purchased the Edward Preston company. I do therefore wonder if the Clifton planes produced by Clico were based upon the colour scheme of the Edward Preston 1014 plane (and No.'s 13, 14, 15, 16, 17).
The front knob on this plane has a height of 60mm and a diameter of 38mm, it also has a groove turned round the circumference of the base of the knob.
The 1014 has a specially designed cap iron with the edges either side
produced to the correct angle at which the blade is recommended to be
ground too. The cap iron has the wording 'grind iron to this angle'
with an arrow pointing to either edge.
This plane is very similar in construction to the Stanley number 4 and Edward Preston number 14 planes of the first third of the 20th century. I suspect this plane dates from the 1920's to the early 1930's. I haven't found any documentation to support this as yet.
Width: 61mm (2 3/8 inches)
Length Of Sole: 236mm (9 1/4 inches)
Mouth Width: 53mm
Wall Thickness: 2.5mm
Sole Thickness: 4mm
Handle and Knob: wooden
Plane finish: dark green
Preston 1014 Plane Blade / Cutter
Blade: Best Crucible Cast Steel
Width: 51mm (2 inch)
Slot Length: 120mm
Slot Width: 11mm
Top Of Blade Shape:: Squared
Blade Markings: Preston, EP, Best Crucible Cast, Made In England
"No 1014" - found on the top face at the front between the knob and the blade.
"Made In" - found on the top face at the rear end, between the handle and side.
"England" - found on the top face at the rear end, between the handle and the other side.
"EP" - found on the lever cap face. The letters 'E P' (Edward Preston) are positioned raised from the red Preston cherry symbol.
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