Record Smoothing Plane - No. 03

record 03 smoothing plane
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Record 03 Plane Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Record

Plane Type: Smoothing

Model No: 03

The Record smoothing plane number 03 is a smoothing plane which is often recognised as the smallest of the Record smoothing planes at 200mm (8 inch) in length. Apart from a 10 year period 1933 - 1943 when the Record 02 models were produced, the Record 03 models have always been the smallest smoothing plane produced.

The plane is constructed from high grade cast iron with a crucible cast tungsten steel cutter and a lever cap made with high grade cast iron with a plated finish.

The 03 is constructed with a cast iron body, frog, lever cap, cap iron, tungsten steel cutter, rear wooden handle and front knob.

record smoothing plane 03

The plane's central unit is the frog on which the blade lays at a 45 degree angle. The frog is a multi-purpose unit for controlling the plane blade and the cut produced.

The frog is equpped with a lateral lever adjuster located just behind the blade / at the top of the frog.

The lateral lever adjuster allows the user to make controlled lateral adjustments (move the blade side-to-side) to the blade; this is useful for aligning the blade to ensure it is not skewed.

The frog is also equipped with a brass blade adjuster wheel at the rear of the frog for adjusting the blade depth.

The final adjustable part of the frog is it has an adjusting screw located behind the frog at the base. The frog adjuster screw is used to position the frog which in effect sets the size of mouth opening.

rosewood plane handle knob

The Record 03 plane was supplied with a 45mm (1 3/4 inch) wide tungsten steel plane blade.

The plane blade is secured in the desired position with the use of the lever cap.

The plane sported a comfortable shaped Rosewood rear handle and front knob on the early versions and Beech handle and knob on later versions.

Other ways to date the earlier versions of Record 03 planes were they had a flat frog face, quite a dark rich blue paint, a dark blue box and a trade label with the wording "Genuine Record Made In England Trade Mark".

This Record 03 plane was produced by C&J Hampton Ltd, Sheffield, England for most of the 20th century.

As with all the Record bench planes, the Record 03 has universal interchanging parts.


Plane Construction

record smoothing plane 03

Weight: 1.47kg (3 1/4lbs)

Body and frog: high grade cast iron

Lever cap: high grade cast iron with a plated finish

Cap iron: best quality steel

Depth adjuster wheel/nut: brass

Handle and Knob: Rosewood or Beech

Plane finish: blue

Record 03 Plane Blade / Cutter

Material: crucible cast tungsten steel

Width: 45mm (1 3/4 inch)


Plane Dimensions

200mm (8 inch)



Plane Markings

"No 03" - (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


Manufactured Dates

1931 - 1997


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