Record 09 1/2 Plane Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Block Planes
Plane Type: Block
Model No: 09 1/2
The Record 09 1/2 plane is part of the Record block plane range.
The 09 1/2 block plane is fitted with a hooded level cap, a tungsten steel plane blade, a lateral lever blade adjuster, a blade depth adjuster, a brass front knob, and an adjustable mouth lever.
The handy sized 6 inch long plane can comfortably be wielded within the palm of the hand. The plane includes a couple of features to help with the comfort and control of the plane. The 09 1/2 has a finger grip indent on the outer edge of both plane sides along with a brass front knob with a finger press indent on the top side.
The Record 09 1/2 is one of the top of the range block planes from the
Record block plane list. The reason for this status is due to having
an adjustable blade and the desirable feature for cabinet makers of
having an adjustable mouth.
The adjustable mouth allows the user to set whether they wish for the plane to carry out fine work (fine mouth) through to coarse work (open mouth).
The adjustable mouth is formed with a fitted metal plate at the forward end of the sole which is separate to the main body. This metal plate can be accurately slid forward or backwards to the required position by turning the mouth adjuster.
The mouth adjuster is the funny metal lever wrapped around the underside
of the front knob. Prior to using this adjuster, ensure to unscrew the
brass knob slightly to release the lever and then tighten the knob again
once the mouth is in the required position. Failure to do so could result
in damage to the mechanism.
The 9 1/2 plane has a 1 5/8 inch blade which sits on a 20 degree bed.
The Stanley 9 1/2 plane blade has a series of grooves on the rear side of the blade, towards the top end which locate into the lateral blade adjuster mechanism.
The lateral lever is located behind the blade with the lever appearing from the top of the blade curving over the brass blade depth adjuster. The lateral lever allows fine adjustment of the blade laterally (sideways). The blade can also be adjusted inwards and outwards (depth of cut) by turning the knurled brass adjuster at the rear of the plane.
Ensure to loosen the lever cap before making these adjustments. Failure
to do so could result in damage to the mechanism.
The hooded lever cap locks the blade in place by sliding the lever sideways.
Width Of Sole: 49mm (just under 2 inch)
Length Of Sole: 152mm (6 inch)
Front Knob: Brass
Body: high grade cast iron
Lever Cap: high grade cast iron
Weight: 680g (1 1/2lb)
Plane Finish: blue
Record 09 1/2 Plane Blade / Cutter
Blade Width: 41mm
Blade Thickness: 2mm
No. Of Grooves: 11
Top Of Blade Shape: Rounded
Blade Markings 1: 'Record, Made In England, Best Crucible Cast Tungsten Steel'
"Record" - found on the top face the very front of the plane
"No 09 1/2" - found on the top of the brass knob at the front of the plane
"Made in England" - found on the top face at the rear of the plane
"Record" - found on the lever cap face
1934 - 2013+
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