Record 311 Plane Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Shoulder Planes
Plane Type: Shoulder Rebate
Model No: 311
The Record shoulder rebate plane number 311 is a three-in-one plane.
The body splits in to three main body pieces. These three pieces offer
the user three different functions.
The user can use the tool as a shoulder plane (all three body sections together), a bullnose plane (the rear body piece and the small attachment) and a chisel plane (just the rear body piece).
The body pieces are attached using a simple screw which allows the user to quickly and easily change the relevant body piece over.
The use of the small bullnose attachment with the rear piece makes the plane identical to the Record 077A.
The Record 311 plane has a shouldered blade which spans the full width
of the plane. The blade is secured in place with the use of a curvacious
lever cap which locks in place with the use of a securing wheel/screw underneath
the lever cap.
The depth at which the blade cuts can be adjusted using the fine adjustment adjuster wheel/screw at the rear of the plane. The cutter on these planes are bed on a low angle.
The Record 311 was based upon and was almost identical to the Edward Preston 311 three-in-one plane.
Record had taken over the Edward Preston plane range and saw little reason to change the Preston 311 design.
After a very long production run spanning almost 60 years, the Record 311 was taken over by the Sheffield company Clico who used virtually the same pattern for their Clifton 3110 plane, the Clico plane division has since been sold.
The Clifton 3110 plane is now made by the ever-prolific tool maker Thomas Flinn & Co of Sheffield.
high grade cast iron
high grade cast iron
Blade (earlier models):
crucible cast tungsten steel
Blade (later models):
high quality tool steel
Plane finish (earlier models):
Plane finish (later models):
6 inch (15.3cm)
1 1/8 inch (2.9cm)
"Record No 311" or "Record" - found on the left side of the large nose attachment.
"Made In England" or "311" - found on the right side of the large nose attachment.
"Record" or "Record British" - found on the top of the lever cap.
Record 3-in-1 Plane
Record 3-Piece Rebate Plane
Be aware the body parts are often not interchangable with a different 311 plane;
they may fit but be slightly out of line.
If you need to buy a replacement main body part you may be wise to test the part before you buy.
Buying a replacement blade should be absolutely fine. The blades of the Record 077 and 077A planes will fit the 311 also.
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