Record 0230 Plane Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Block Planes
Plane Type: Block
Model No: 0230
The Record 0230 block plane is a 150mm (6 inch) long plane from the
Record block plane range.
The body's sides and sole were originally ground flat and square with a polished finish. On either side of the plane there is a depression offering additional grip for finger and thumb.
The plane has a 41mm (1 5/8 inch) wide tungsten steel plane cutter which is secured in place with a knuckle joint lever cap.
The knuckle lever cap has a curvaceous domed shape which sits comfortably in the palm of the hand.
The lever cap was coated in a nickel plate finish to give the plane a bright shiny
look as well as helping prevent the part from rust.
The nickel plate can be prone to coming off through many years of use / life so it is not uncommon to find these planes with some partial nickel plate loss or even complete loss.
The Record 0230 has a fine blade adjustment mechanism for accurately setting the plane blade's depth and lateral orientation.
The adjustment mechanism locates with one of the grooves on the back of the blade which passes control of the blade to the lateral adjustment lever and the rear knurled nut depth adjuster.
The lateral lever arm / lever sits underneath the blade with the head of the arm appearing at the rear of the plane where it is curved over the blade depth adjuster wheel.
The plane has a hardwood knob at the front of the plane to offer the user extra grip and leverage when using the plane.
The Record 0230 block plane is a cross between the Record 018 block plane and the Record 0220 block plane
The Record 0230 was manufactured for approximately 11 years between 1932 and 1943 before being discontinued during World War II.
Length Of Sole: 150mm (6 inch)
Mouth Width: 43mm
Cast Thickness (Sides): 2mm
Cast Thickness (Sole): 3mm
Mouth Depth: 3mm
Weight: 655 grams v.approx.
Plane finish: blue
Record 0230 Plane Blade / Cutter
Width: 42mm (1 5/8 inch)
Blade Thickness: 1.75mm - 2mm
Number of Grooves: 11
Groove Thickness: 2mm
Distance Between Grooves: 1.5mm
Slot Length: 34mm
Slot Width: 11mm
Top Of Blade Shape: Oval, Rounded Corners
Blade Markings: Record, Made In England, Best Crucible Cast, Tungsten Steel
"Record" - found on the top face, at the very front.
"No. 0230" - found on the top face, at the front end, behind the knob.
"Made In England" - found on the top face, at the very rear.
"Record Made In England" - found on the lever cap face.
"Record Made In England" - found on the blade adjuster knob face.
1932 - 1943
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