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Record Jack Plane No. 08 SS (Stay Set)

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The Record no. 08 SS (Stay Set) jointer plane is a 24" (61cm) long plane designed for the joiner and carpenter who had a regular need for planing long pieces of timber. The accuracy of this plane coupled with the long sole simplify and speed up this kind of work. The plane is fitted with a 2 5/8" (6.7cm) blade and weighs in at around 4.08kg (9lbs).

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 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. I have heard a number of people in the last 10 years say they prefer the look and feel of old Record planes over the old Stanley planes. These Record 08 planes were probably the most or the second most used number '8' model of the 20th century. The Stanley no. 8 equivalent being the other popular number '8' model.

As far as I am aware, there is only one manufacturer of a model number '8' jointer plane today, that manufacturer is Lie-Nielsen Toolworks USA. Lie Nielson have designed most of their bench planes in a similar manner to the design of the old Stanley Bedrock planes.

Plane Use

The Record 08 SS plane is used for regular planing of long pieces of 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 08" - (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


How To Date This Plane

(1931 - 1949):
- handle and front knob made from rosewood

(1931 - 1957)
- trade label has the wording 'trade'-'mark' either side of the wording 'Record'.

(1931 - 1959)
- frog front surface was predominantly flat

(1950 - 1965):
- handle and front knob made from selected hardwoods (e.g. Beech)

(1960 - 1965):
- frog surface had pockets of indents

For more information on how to find out the age of this Record plane, see the article 'How to date a Record plane'.

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 retailer tool catalogues of their 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: £80 - £130

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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 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: £28 - £40

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

Plane Details

Manufacturer: Record

Model No: 08 SS

Plane Type: Jointer

Date Produced: 1931-1965

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