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Edward Preston Violin Makers Plane

preston violin plane
preston violin plane

The Edward Preston violin planes were lovely little gun metal planes which came in varying sizes with either a flat or a round sole. These were available in five different blade sizes: 5/16", 7/16", 9/16", 11/16" and 15/16".

These planes came with plain cutters and toothing cutters. The toothing blade makes working with difficult wood much easier by eliminating tear outs and chipping. This type of blade is very useful for planing finger boards, necks, ribs etc.

At the same time Edward Preston were producing these planes, the highly treasured maker Norris were making their range of very similar, phosphor bronze violin planes. The Norris violin planes were also available with convex or flat faces along with plain and toothing irons.

Violin planes are still manufactured today, examples include the Ibex violin plane range and the Lutz range.


Plane Use

The Preston violin makers plane is used for small, precision work such as work on musical instruments, in particular, violins, as the name suggests.

preston violin makers planes

Manufactured Dates

1900's - ?

Plane Also Known As

Edward Preston Violin Making plane

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 violin making plane

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

Price: 100 - 180

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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.


Plane Details

Manufacturer: Preston

Model No:

Plane Type: Violin Making

Date Produced: 1900's - ?

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100 - 180

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