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Edward Preston Shoulder Plane 1368

preston shoulder plane
preston shoulder plane

The number 1368 Preston shoulder rebate plane is another of the iconic Edward Preston planes with decorative detailing on the sides of the plane incorporating the EP two cherries Edward Preston logo.

This shoulder plane was Nickel plated with a shouldered, full-width cutter which is secured by a shaped lever cap by means of the securing screw (shown in the photo on the underside of the lever cap). The blade is set at a low angle which can be accurately adjusted using the screw adjuster.

The design of this plane was so good it has left a long legacy which is still going strong today. From the early 1930's a new range of shoulder planes were produced by the maker Record. The range of Record shoulder planes were based heavily on the Preston 1368 shoulder plane. These Record planes were the models: 041, 042, 072, 073, and 074. These models one-by-one were phased out throughout the 20th century up until the 073 ceased being produced in the 1990's. Next came the Clifton shoulder planes. These Clifton planes were the models: 410, and 420. The 410 design has decorative detailing on the sides of the plane and incorporates the two cherries logo. There were/are other makers who have manufactured shoulder planes similar to the Preston 1368 model but certainly Record and Clifton are the makers who were/are the most popular and produced the best quality planes.

This plane was sold in four sizes:

  • 5 inch x 5/8 inch
  • 8 1/4 inch x 1 inch
  • 8 1/4 inch x 1 1/4 inch
  • 8 1/4 inch x 1 1/2 inch

The larger sized Preston 1368 planes command the highest prices. As with most old tools; good conditioned, complete, original planes are the most sought after. The value starts to drop rapidly if the plane is not in good condition, is not complete, or if it has replacement parts. Due to their age often you find these planes with some loss of plating.


Plane Use

The Preston 1368 shoulder plane is primarily used for fine and accurate work on shoulders.

Plane Markings

"EP" (EP cherry trade mark) - found on either side of the plane.

"E.Preston & Sons, Trade Mark, EP" (EP cherry trade mark) - this is sometimes located on the front end on a metal plate (see photo).

preston trade mark

Manufactured Dates

1900's - 1934

Plane Also Known As

Edward Preston Adjustable Shoulder Plane

What To Watch Out For

Chips and nibbles around the mouth, replacement plane blades or little original blade remaining seem to be quite common problems with these planes.

Further Info

Further information on this tool can be found in trade catalogues and retailer brochures of the period. These tool books usually contained a drawing and a sentence or two for each tool.

Where Can I Buy This Tool Secondhand?

preston shoulder plane

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

Price: 100 - 350

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 Alternative Modern Planes?

Clifton Planes

clifton plane

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

Price: 175 - 200

Shops which sell these planes

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


Plane Details

Manufacturer: Preston

Model No: 1368

Plane Type: Shoulder

Date Produced: 1900's - 1934

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