Edward Preston Smoothing Plane - No. 1014

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Edward Preston Plane 1014 Review By: I.Ball

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.

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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.

Plane Construction

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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

Plane Markings

"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.

Manufactured Dates

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