Record Combination / Plough Plane - No. 050A

record 050-a plough plane
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Record 050-A Plane Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Record

Plane Type: Plough / Plow / Combination

Model No: 050A


The Record 050A combination plane is often referred to as the Record plough / plow plane 050 or 050A. The plane markings are displayed as an 050 however the plane was catalogued as the 050A due to the plane having a couple of additions over the catalogued 050.

The 050A had three additions over the 050:

   - narrow cutter clamping bracket
   - 1/8" (3mm) plough cutter
   - 3/16" (4mm) plough cutter

All of these additions could be added and used on the catalogued 050, turning the 050 into a 050A. As a result of people upgrading their 050's with the extra parts, sometimes the packaging says 050 and sometimes it says 050A.

record 050-a plough plane clamp

The 050A is a comfortable sized plane for creating a wide range of functions including:

   - Plough
   - Dado
   - Tongue and groove
   - Bead
   - Centre bead
   - Ovolo and Astragal
   - Rabbet and fillester

The Record 050A consisted of a cast iron body, depth gauge, double armed bridged fence, 2x short arms / rods (3 1/2"), 2x long arms / rods (7"), blade clamp, spurs for cross grain work, and 17 tungsten steel cutters:

   - Bead: 1/8", 3/16", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 7/16", 1/2"
   - Plough: 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 7/16", 1/2", 5/8", 7/8"
   - Tongue: 1/4"

The combination of the various plane parts and the 17 standard cutters used in conjunction with each other, offer thirty nine plane functions in total.

record 050-a plow plane

The plane functions include the possibility of producing ovolo and astragal moulds with the use of the beading cutters.

The 242mm (9 1/2 inch) long plane will cut grooves up to 7/8" wide, up to 13mm (1/2") deep, up to 127mm (5") from the edge.

The plane will cut across end grain as well as with or along the grain.

The Record 050-A plane and its parts were finished with a nickel plating. This finish was advertised as a rustless finish.

The Record 050 and 050-A combination planes were the first of Record's first plough / combination planes. The 050 range of combination planes were the only combination planes produced by Record; this range includes the later modified 050-C model.

The Record 050 plane is heavily based upon the Stanley 50 plane.

Plane Construction

high grade cast iron

crucible cast tungsten steel

Plane finish:
nickel plated

Plane Dimensions

242mm (9 1/2 inch)

1.70kg (3 3/4lb)


The 050-A has been sold in a variety of packaging over its lengthy production period. It was originally sold in a wooden box, followed by a dark blue Record cardboard box, followed finally by a straw coloured cardboard box. Each box had an orange/yellow label stuck to the side detailing the planes core information.

Below are photos of the Record 050A boxes the planes were sold in:

record 050a plane box record 050a plane box

record 050a plane box

Manufactured Dates

1933 - 1970

References: Planecraft - Hand Planing By Modern Methods


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