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Record Jack Plane No. 05C SS (Corrugated, Stay Set)

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The Record no. 05C SS (Corrugated, Stay Set) jack plane is a 14" (35.5cm) long plane designed for the general preliminary work of preparing the true sides and edges of the wood, it can also be used for accurate shooting of moderately long edges. The plane is fitted with a 2" (5.1cm) blade and weighs in at around 2.15kg (4 3/4lbs).

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.

Purely judging by the limited number of corrugated based number '5' model planes which appear on the market today, I think it would be safe to assume there were considerably less of these types of planes produced than the standard smooth based planes. This was probably partly due to the corrugated base plane being the most expensive version.

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 05 planes were probably the second most used number '5' model of the 20th century behind the Stanley no. 5 equivalent.

Number 5 jack planes are still being made; model number '5' planes which are made today include Stanley, Clifton, Veritas and Lie-Nielsen. As far as I am aware there are no makers today who produce a number 5 plane with a corrugated sole.

Plane Use

The Record 05C SS plane is generally used for the preliminary work of preparing the true sides and edges of the wood.

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 (earlier models):

Handle and knob (later models):
selected hardwoods

Plane finish:
Record stove enamel blue

Plane Markings

"No 05" - (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


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?

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

Price: £40 - £70

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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.

Where Can I Buy Alternative Modern Planes?

Clifton Planes

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

Price: £210 - £250

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Plane Details

Manufacturer: Record

Model No: 05C SS

Plane Type: Jack

Date Produced: 1931-1965

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