RESTORATION & ODDS & SODS
Restoring and Fettling of a Record Hand Plane No. 05½
Restoration of a Record No. 05½ with a 2¼" Cutter Iron From 1931 to 1937/8
First stage is to dismantle and clean off grease and dirt.
The lever cap and all screws will be re-nickel plated.
Is to re-move the grime and rust from the body with a wire (brass) brush on the grinder. You must take your time with removing the grime as you don't want to remove any more than you need to and leave small pit-holes.
The Third Stage
Removing the enamel paint from the body and frog. I first use a paint stripper and then I do a light sand blast, again, you don't want to remove more than you need to. The colour should be a dark dull grey.
Lapping the sole and sides. I start with 220 grit aluminium oxide cloth back abrasive on a marble slab. After about 10 to 14 strokes and rotating the plane you will see the high and low spots as the high spots are a lighter colour. Keep lapping and rotating until you have consistent colour, checking the sole with a straight edge for flatness. Then I go to 320 grit and finish with 400 grit. When lapping, do not remove the frog and handles as this could affect the flatness of the sole.
You could have the sole and sides machined but it is a bit risky.
Hand lapping is safer (but a lot slower)
Remove the Y lever from the frog then strip the paint, give the Y lever and frog a light sand blast. Again keeping a dull grey colour like the body.
Prepare the body and frog for painting with masking tape as you dont want to get paint on all the hard work you have done lapping the sole and sides.
Cover the body and frog with masking tape ready for re-painting, covering all parts of the plane and frog that are not painted. You could remove the adjusting screw from the frog if you wanted. Now you are ready for spray painting.
The paint I use is roundel blue BS110 stoving enamel.This is a low temperature stoving enamel paint.
In BS110 the B.S. stands for British Standard and is one of the colours from the very old BS381C range.
Remove the dirt and rust from all the small screws, cutter iron and backing iron. Sand the handle and knob and laquer.
Hand lapping the sole and sides is a very slow job but it is very rewarding. Finish off with a good buff. You must keep it oiled as it will rust very fast after lapping.
Now you have a plane that can be put to work. It is a whole lot better than when it was new because whatever plane you buy new you will have to fettle.
After many weeks (6) of fettling I now have a beautiful Rare plane No. 05 ½ with a 2 ¼" cutter iron.
For a better explanation of fettling I suggest
The Handplane Book by Garret Hack. ISBN 1-56158-712-5
Available at www.taunton.com
For more hand plane restoration go to www.majorpanic.com
Restoration of a Record No. 400½
This No. 400½ I got from the UK, and when it arrived from the UK something pierced the box and broke off the top section of the right side. Over some time I tried to find someone that could fix it. After going to The Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia they said I should speak to Mr Hans Brunner. He said if anyone could fix the 400½ it would be Jim from Nowra in N.S.W. I mailed the 400½ to Jim and when it came back to me I could not belive that it was the same plane. Jim described the process as "Cast Iron Fusion Welding". I then had to clean, lap and re-paint.
After many years of restoring Record hand planes I now have perfected the restoration, as you can see in the photo right.
Restoration of a No. 07
Restoring a No. 07 is a very slow process but as you can see it is well worth the effort.
ODDS AND SODS
A Record Gnome
Meet "Paddy The Gnome" He stands 250mm tall and weighs in at 9Kg. I have been told that Record at the end of a pour of cast iron, they would make some Gnomes to give out to Tool Shops as a door stop. Record also made a Rabbit door stop about the same size as the Gnome. You could also buy these door stops. They never were catalogued.
Record Drill Chuck
Record produced 9 types of drill chucks with capacity of 0" to ¼", 0" to 3/8" and 0" to ½" with straight shank, morse taper and with bit brace shank last listed in Catalogue No. 15.
The Record Drill chucks were first listed in a price list with Catalogue No 14 of 1935 and were listed as Temporarity withdrawen in price list April 1940. Record Drill Chucks had a very short production life of about 4 years or less.
I can not find any later reference in any Catalogues or Price list's to Record Drill Chuck's
Record Bull-Nose Rabbet Plane No. 076
This No. 076 I let fall on the floor and broke the nose. I then tidied up the break and got it re-nickel plated and then I re-painted in red as it had been before. This No. 076 is an early pattern with "Record British" on the lever cap.
Now I have a great small chisel plane.
Record Bench Stop No. 169
Record produced a number of aids for the work shop like this bench stop. They also produced a number of woodworker's vices with a bench stop No. 52d and 52½d
sash cramps, cramp heads, G-cramps, edge tool honer No. 161, hand drills No. 122, 123, 124, 125, breast drill No. 144, 145 and 146.
Record Produced a number of plumber's tools, pipe cutters, Stillson wrenches and chain wrenches.
Record Brass Plumb Bobs No. 1405
The No. 1405 an Edward Preston design introduced in catalogue No. 14 November 1935, and last listed in Catalogue No. 15 February 1938.
There are 9 sizes No. 00, No. 0, No. 01, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6 and No. 6½.
I have been asked by Michael from the UK about Record Anvils and this is my finding.
The Record Anvil was first seen September 1983 with the No. 11 at 4.75Kg. By 1986 there were 5 Anvils available;
No. 10 hobby Anvil , No. 11 at 4.75Kg, No. 15 at 15Kg , No. 25 at 25Kg, and No. 30 at 30Kg. By 1999 there were only 3 Anvils available. No. 11, 15 and 55 last listed in catalogue HTC/98/99. Anvil No. 11 was also listed as "Boxed".
Hope this is of some help to you.
Record Edge Tool Honer No. 161
The Edge Tool Honer No. 161 was first listed in catalogue No. 16, 1959 and last listed in catalogue No. 17, 1965.
Record Dovtailed Template
Stopped Chamfer Template
These templates were never catalogued and are from the early 1930's. They may have been a give-away.
Special Bases for The Record Multi-Plane No. 405
Sold as sets Hollow and Round, first listed in catalogue No. 12 and last listed mid 1970's.
In photo are a set of No. 12 Hollow and Round and a set of No. 8 Hollow and Round. These sets are from 1933.
Record Improved Shoulder Rabbet Plane No. 041
This No. 041 in the photo is the first pattern that Record made from the Edward Preston design. This pattern was introduced in Price List January 1934 until the new pattern was introduced about 1937 to 1938. This pattern had
"BRITISH MAKE" on the front right hand side. The later pattern had "MADE IN ENGLAND".
Record "IMP" Table Vice No. 80
C & J Hampton, Trading as Record Tools manufactured many patterns ofVices. There were 10 Mechanic's vices with fixed base, and 10 with swivel base, 7 Fitters vices with fixed base and 6 with swivel base, one Auto vice No. 74, one All-Steel Garage vice No. 75, 6 Record Steel vices with fixed base and 6 with swivel base, 1 Steel Fitters vice, 10 Heavy-Duty Steel Vices, 6 Heavy Chipping Vices, 8 Combination Vices, 3 Heavy-Duty Iron Vices, 5 Machine Vices, one Steel Floor Vice and 13 Woodworking Vices.
Record Hand and Breast Drills
The Hand Drills No. 122, No. 124 and No. 125 were first listed in catalogue No. 11. September 1932 and last listed in catalogue No. 15. 1938
The Breast Drills No. 144, No. 145 and No. 146 first listed in catalogue No. 12. 1933. and last listed in catalogue No.15. 1938.
The Hand Drill No. 123 was introduced in catalogue No. 11. 1932 and last listed catalogue No. 17. 1965.
Record Hand Drill No. 123
First listed catalogue No. 11, 1935 and last listed catalogue No. 17, 1965. The knobs are made from selected hardwood, the handle hollow hardwood to take 5 Jobbers twist drills and a malleable iron frame. Other parts nickel-plated. Capacity 0 to ¼" but on the box it is labelled 5/16".
Record Hand Drill No. 423
First listed in price list from 1985 and last listed 1993 - this is going by my catalogues. It has the same specification as the No. 123 but for a solid hardwood handle.
C & J. Hampton (Record) purchased Woden Tools Ltd from The Steel Nut & Joseph Hampton Ltd in 1961 and continued to use the Woden Trade-Mark for another 10 years.
In the photo is a Woden Jack Plane No. 5 made by Record.
The Record No. 148 Dowelling Jig
The No. 148 Dowelling Jig was first listed in a publicity leaflet in 1971 and listed as patent pending. The No. 148 was supplied with ¼" and 3/8" drill bushes with two standard slide rods accepting boards up to 6" wide. Additional bushes 5/16" and rods 12" and 18" capacity were also available. 1973 saw the Record Dowelling jig No. 148 re-numbered to M148 when Marples became part of Record Marples (Woodworking Tools) LTD.1972. The M148 came complete with a detailed instruction manual. Six pairs of metric and imperial hardened steel drill bushes ¼", 5/16", 3/8", 6mm, 8mm and 10mm with 6" slide rods and a separate G-Cramp. Additional slide rods were also available in sizes 12", 18", 30", and 36". Extra bush carriers and fence were also available, enabling extra dowel holes to be drilled. The Record-Marples Dowelling Jig No. M148 will cope with virtually every application where a dowel joint is suitable. Fully adjustable in all directions, it is also a very easy jig to use with no marking out necessary. The last listing I can find of the No. M148 is in the catalogue of 1993 but it is not in every catalogue from 1972 to 1993.