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Record Smoothing Plane No. 02C SS (Corrugated, Stay Set)

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The Record no. 02C SS (Corrugated, Stay Set) smoothing plane is an 7 1/4" (18.4cm) long smoothing plane designed for very fine finishing work. The plane is fitted with a 1 5/8" (4.1cm) blade and weighs in at around 2 3/8lbs. This bench plane can also be known as a finishing plane.

The 'C' in the model number indicates the plane has a corrugated sole; a base with a series of parallel grooves. The corrugated sole was designed with the intention of reducing friction between the plane and the surface being planed.

The 'SS' in the model number stands for 'Stay Set'; this is a special two piece thicker cap iron consisting of an upper cap iron and a lower deflector, the idea being you can very quickly remove the deflector and hone or sharpen the blade plenty of times without the need to keep resetting the upper cap iron. The 'Stay Set' cap iron was advertised as being chatter proof guaranteed, this boast was due to the additional third pressure point which tradional cap irons didn't have. 'SS' models have the attractive 'SS' mark on the lever cap.

The Record 02 planes are very hard planes to find today, this is no doubt due to not many of these planes being made during the short production period in which they were manufactured. From observing the sale of secondhand Record no. 02 planes and Stanley no. 2 planes, we have noticed Record planes command a much higher price than their Stanley equivalent plane of the period.

Plane Use

The Record 02C SS plane is generally used for finishing finer work on pieces of joinery and carpentry.

Plane Construction

Body and frog:
high grade cast iron

Lever cap:
high grade cast iron with a plated finish

Cap iron:
best quality steel

crucible cast tungsten steel

Depth adjuster wheel/nut:

Handle and knob:

Plane finish:
Record stove enamel blue

Plane Markings

"No 02" - (raised) found at the front of the plane
"Record" - (raised) found at the rear of the plane
"Made in England" - (raised) found at the rear of the plane
"Record" - set in relief on the lever cap face
"SS" - set in relief on the lever cap face

Manufactured Dates


Plane Also Known As

Record Finishing Plane

Further Info

Record Tool catalogues, No's: 12, 14, 15, 16
Record Planecraft books: 1934, 1943, 1945, 1950

There are also retailer tool catalogues of the time which listed this plane for sale with picture/drawing and snippets of information.

Where Can I Buy This Tool Secondhand?

This model of plane can be purchased from the following woodworking tool retailers, subject to availability.

Price: £250 - £400

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* The price shown is a typical price. The price may vary between retailers. The price may vary between planes. Some planes may command higher prices due to condition, type, age, variations.

Plane Details

Manufacturer: Record

Model No: 02C SS

Plane Type: Smoothing

Date Produced: 1933-1943

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