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Record Smoothing Plane No. 04 1/2

record 04 1/2

The Record no. 04 1/2 smoothing plane is a 10 1/4" (26.1cm) long smoothing plane designed for finishing work; the 04 1/2 plane is used for smoothing any irregularities made from the use of a jack plane as well as smoothing long pieces of wood, it is not so good for smoothing joints. The plane is fitted with a 2 3/8" (6.1cm) blade and weighs in at around 2.15kg (4 3/4lbs).

The older C & J Hampton Record planes have quite a following of late from both users and collectors. From observing the sale of secondhand Record planes and Stanley planes, we have noticed Record planes generally command slightly higher prices than their Stanley equivalent plane of the period. These Record 04 1/2 planes were probably the second most used number '4 1/2' model of the 20th century behind the Stanley no. 4 1/2 equivalent.

Number 4 1/2 smoothing planes are still being made; model number '4 1/2' planes which are made today include Clifton, Veritas and Lie-Nielsen.


Plane Use

The Record 04 1/2 plane is generally used for finishing work and smoothing long pieces of wood.

Plane Construction

record 04 1/2

Body and frog:
high grade cast iron

Lever cap:
high grade cast iron with a plated finish

Cap iron:
best quality steel

Blade:
crucible cast tungsten steel

Depth adjuster wheel/nut:
brass

Handle and knob (earlier models):
rosewood

Handle and knob (later models):
selected hardwoods

Plane finish:
Record stove enamel blue


Plane Markings

"No 04 1/2" - (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

Manufactured Dates

1931-1996

How To Date This Plane

Early planes - (dates) - handle and front knob made from rosewood
Later planes - (dates) - handle and front knob made from selected hardwoods

Further Info

Record Tool catalogues, No's: 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17
Record Planecraft books: 1934, 1943, 1945, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1959

There are also numerous retailer tool catalogues of their time which listed this plane for sale with picture/drawing and snippets of information. We have found it quite facinating looking at some of these and viewing the other tools of the time.

Where Can I Buy This Tool Secondhand?

record 04 1/2

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

Price: £20 - £50

Shops which sell similar planes

* 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.

Where Can I Buy Replacement Plane Blades

Replacement Plane Blades

plane blade

Replacement plane cutters for this model of plane can be purchased from the following woodworking tool retailers, subject to availability.

Price: £26 - £36

Shops which sell these plane blades

* The price shown is a typical price. The price may vary between retailers.

Where Can I Buy Replacement Plane Parts?

Replacement Plane Parts For Record Planes

record plane handles parts

Shops which sell replacement Record plane parts to fit the Record 04 1/2 plane, such as two-piece cap irons and Rosewood handles and knobs, subject to availability..

Price: £5 - £30

Shops which sell replacement plane parts

* The price shown is a typical price. The price may vary between retailers.

Where Can I Buy Alternative Modern Planes?

Clifton Planes

clifton 4

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

Price: £250 - £280

Shops which sell these planes

* The price shown is a typical price. The price may vary between retailers.


Plane Details

Manufacturer: Record

Model No: 04 1/2

Plane Type: Smoothing

Date Produced: 1931-1996

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