Edward Preston Plane 1340 Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Smoothing Planes
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.
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
"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.
? - ? (1912)
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