Edward Preston 14 Plane Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Smoothing Planes
Manufacturer: Edward Preston
Plane Type: Smoothing
Model No: 14
The Edward Preston smoothing plane number 14 is a 24cm long plane finished
with a dark green japanning.
The Edward Preston 14 plane was fitted with a rosewood rear handle and rosewood front knob. The front knob is quite a large bulbous shape, differing in shape and size from most other planes of similar design e.g. Stanley 4 plane, Record 04 plane.
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, and think it is logical that, the Clifton planes produced
by Clico were based upon the colour scheme of the Edward Preston 14 plane
(and No.'s 13, 15, 16, 17, 1014).
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.
Width: 61mm (2 3/8 inches)
Length Of Sole: 240mm (9 1/2 inches)
Mouth Width: 53mm
Wall Thickness: 3mm
Sole Thickness: 5mm
Handle and Knob: wooden
Plane finish: dark green
Preston 14 Plane Blade / Cutter
Blade: Best Crucible Cast Tungsten Steel
Width: 51mm (2 inch)
Top Of Blade Shape:: Squared
Blade Markings: Preston, EP, Best Crucible Cast, Tungsten Steel, Made In England
"Preston" - found on the top face at the very front.
"No-14" - found on the top face at the rear end, between the handle and the frog.
"B'Ham" - found on the top face at the rear end, between the handle and side.
"Eng" - found on the top face at the rear end, between the handle and the other side.
"Preston" - found on the lever cap face.
"Rabone, EP, Preston, Made In England" - found on the trade label on top of the rear handle (if still present).
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