Edward Preston Smoothing Plane - No. 1340

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Edward Preston Plane 1340 Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Edward Preston

Plane Type: Smoothing

Model No: 1340


The Edward Preston smoothing plane number 1340 is a 25cm long malleable iron plane with a Preston Patent depth adjuster and a lateral / side adjuster.

The depth adjuster (the bar behind the frog with a nut on top) is similar to the depth adjusters used on Norris infill planes. The lateral adjuster is a small lever located behind the frog.

The 1340 lever cap was of plain design.

The plane was fitted with a bulbous front knob with a 47mm diameter. It has a distinctive rear handle which is similar in design to most 20th century number 4 plane's but with a couple of differences; the top of the handle is slightly longer and the wooden base of the handle is much more substantial.

Plane Construction

preston plane 1340

Width: 67mm (2 5/8 inches)

Length Of Sole: 256mm (10 inches)

Mouth Width: 58mm

Wall Thickness (Top): 2mm

Wall Thickness (Bottom): 4mm

Sole Thickness: 6mm

Body and Frog: malleable iron

Lever Cap: malleable iron

Handle and Knob: wooden

Plane finish: black

Preston 1340 Plane Blade / Cutter

Blade: Parallel Iron

Width: 57mm (2 1/4 inch)

Top Of Blade Shape:: Squared

Plane Markings

"Preston" - found on the top face at the very front.

"1340" - found on the top face at the rear end, between the handle and side.

"Patent" - found on the top face at the rear end, between the handle and the other side.

Manufactured Dates

<1912 - 1923>


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