Record 050-A Plane Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Plough Planes
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.
The 050A is a comfortable sized plane for creating a wide range of functions
- Tongue and groove
- 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.
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.
high grade cast iron
crucible cast tungsten steel
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:
1933 - 1970
References: Planecraft - Hand Planing By Modern Methods
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