Shop Tools #19: Stanley 140

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 09-27-2013 02:27 AM 1365 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: Record 044 Combination Plane #2 Part 19 of Shop Tools series Part 20: Union 42 Tongue and Groove Plane »

Documenting the addition of another plane to the tool box. This one is a #140 Rabbet and block plane . They are pretty cool planes. One side of the plane can be removed for doing rabbet work on things like tenons. With the side on it can be used like a normal block plane.

I’ve been looking for the right one for a while and also have been torn as to if I should get the Lie-Nielsen or stick with an old Stanley. This one is in pretty nice shape and it was about 1/3 the cost of the Lie-Nielsen. I would be curious to know how much of an improvement the fence is that Lie-Nielson added if someone has one.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#1 posted 09-27-2013 02:34 AM

I can’t speak to the LN version, but I completely agree that the 140 is a very versatile and handy plane.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#2 posted 09-27-2013 02:43 AM

Good grab Wayne.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#3 posted 09-27-2013 03:29 AM

Nice one, I will defiantly keep my eye out for one.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#4 posted 09-27-2013 12:03 PM

Jealous I am.

I think the addition of the fence comes in useful, for example when doing the dovetail trick on the tail board in a tails first scenario. Two swipes on the back of the board with a finely set blade and the fence riding on the end of the board creates a very shallow rebate on the backside of the tail board. The rebate is then used when aligning the tail board on the end of the pin board in order to mark the pins. The tiny shoulder provides a positive stop so the tail board can’t move when marking the pins.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 09-27-2013 12:59 PM

I bought the Veritas set when they had the seconds on sale. I really like the fence. Later I found an early #140. I tend to reach for the veritas. The #140 has a much more traditional look, but I find the fence extremely useful.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#6 posted 09-27-2013 01:41 PM

The Veritas set looks interesting. I have not looked at them for a while. I had been holding out for a LN. Something to consider if I hit limits with this guy

Thanks Andy.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 09-27-2013 02:39 PM

Don, that #140 looks neglected, better it come to me and get used that play second fiddle to the Veritas twins don’t you think?

Very fine addition, Wayne. Love it.

I want to try that and actually have it work for me, Andy. Someday. Tried once, but lack of skew with the tool I was using (#278) was a death sentence.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#8 posted 09-27-2013 02:42 PM

I hear you on the skew Smitty, I just added a 289 to my wish list.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 09-30-2013 11:59 AM

Auuuch it’s so nice it hurts my tool sensitive eyes!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 10-03-2013 01:11 PM

I got to get me one of these. Thanks for sharing.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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