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Edward Preston Smoothing Plane No. 1340

preston smoothing plane
preston smoothing plane

The Edward Preston smoothing plane number 1340 was the first of their bench planes intended as an upgrade to the rival dominant Stanley smoothing planes and a budget version of the steel dovetail planes.

Judging by the scarce numbers of these planes which surface today I think it would be safe to assume they didn't offer Stanley or the dovetail steel planes much competition. Further supporting evidence pointing to the lack of success of this plane is the fact other manufacturers (at that time and future) did not try to replicate this plane (the GTL planes and the Record Calvert Stevens CS88 are the only similar planes I can think of). These factors do however make this plane more interesting and more colelctable.

The 1340 is made of malleable iron with a Preston Patent adjuster and a lateral / side adjuster. The 1340 lever cap was of plain design; the manufacturer advertising designs would soon appear on all other Preston smoothing plane models.

This plane is 10 inches long with a 2 1/4" wide blade.


Plane Use

The Preston 1340 plane is generally used for finishing work on pieces of joinery and carpentry.

Plane Markings

"PRESTON" - (raised) positioned in front of the forward knob.

Manufactured Dates

1912 - ?

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 smoothing plane

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

Price: 40 - 100

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: 195 - 230

Shops which sell these planes

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


Plane Details

Manufacturer: Preston

Model No: 1340

Plane Type: Smoothing

Date Produced:1912 - ?

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40 - 100

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190 - 230

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