Record Side Rebate Plane - No. 2506S

record 2506 s side rebate plane
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Record 2506 S Plane Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Record

Plane Type: Side Rebate

Model No: 2506S


The Record 2506 S is a 107mm (4 1/4 inch) long side rebate plane, also referred to as the Record 2506 S side rabbet plane.

See the Record 2506 plane review for 2506's without a depth stop and depth stop screw hole.

This specialist plane is designed to assist cabinet makers in accurately trimming dados, grooves, moulds and similar tasks. The tool is particularly useful when precision fitting is required such as when a dado or groove needs to be widened very slightly in order to precisely house a corresponding part.

It may be the case that a glass shelf or polished shelf is too thick to fit in the corresponding grooves, rather than adjusting / changing the shelves, it is much easier to alter the grooves, for this task the Record 2506 S is ideal.

record 2506 s side rabbet plane

This specialist plane has two skewed cutters set at a very low angle. The plane is set with a blade on each side so it can be used in a left or right handed situation. The nose of the 2506 S can also be removed to allow trimming right into a corner of a piece of work such as on a stop groove.

The cutters are set in the plane with their bevel edges facing upwards. The cutters must be kept very sharp to ensure the best results. When sharpening, it is only the forward cutting edge bevel which needs sharpening (not the sides). It is important the tip of the blade doesn't protrude beyond the skate, if it does protrude, it will need filing back. Care must also be taken when sharpening the blades to ensure the cutting edge of each blade mirrors the plane mouth(s) profile.

Both blades are secured with a single bridging clamp piece. The clamp is secured / removed by turning the knurled nut located on top of the clamp.

record 2506 s side rabbet plane

The 2506 S plane is equipped with a depth stop. The depth stop fixes to the rear of the plane. The depth stop is secured in the required position with the use of a thumb screw. When required, the depth stop allows the user to set the depth at which the plane should operate as well as acting a stabiliser when planing. If the 2056 S doesn't have a depth stop it could mean it is purely a Record 2506 plane or if the screw hole is present on the rear of the plane it will mean the depth stop has been lost.

The 2506 S rebate plane and its parts were finished with a nickel plating. This finish was designed to give the plane a bright, shiny look while having the function of helping protect the plane from rust. The nickel plating can be prone to coming off with time, usually it is small partial loss.

record 2506 s side rabbet plane

The Record 2506 S was sold in the most part in blue cardboard box which has a label on the end of the box detailing the planes core information.

The Record 2506 S rabbet plane was almost identical to the older Edward Preston 2506 side rabbet plane. The reason for this was because Record took over the plane making side of the Edward Preston tool making business and the 2506 model was one of the Edward Preston planes. The main difference between them is the Record 2506 S has a depth stop attachment.

A modern version of the Record 2506 S plane has been produced in the form of the Veritas side rabbet plane.

What Is The Difference Between A Record 2506 and A Record 2506 S?

The Record 2506 and a Record 2506 S are almost identical with the difference being the 2056 S is supplied with a depth stop and a screw hole on the rear of the plane for the depth stop to be attached. If the plane doesn't have a screw hole on the rear of the plane, then the plane is a 2506.

Plane Construction

record 2506 s side rabbet plane

high grade cast iron

high grade cast iron

crucible cast tungsten steel


Plane finish:
nickel plate

Plane Dimensions

Length: 107mm (4 1/4 inch)

Plane Markings

"Record" - found on top, arching round the wooden knob.

"Record No 2506" - found on the rear of the plane.

Manufactured Dates

1935 - 1977

If you would like to try and find the date of your Record 2506 S plane, see the How to date a Record plane page on

Record 2506 S Boxes

The Record 2506 S side rabbet plane was sold in a variety of boxes during its production period, here are some photos of the boxes:

record 2506 s plane box record 2506 s plane box

record 2506 s plane box record 2506 s plane box


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