I have been looking for a good rabbet plane for while now. These things are pricey when you can find them. Learned of the Stanley 140 and really liked the block plane design. Like the skewed blade since I often angle my block plane too. Plus the fact it was a rabbet plane, I knew I had to have one.
This came up on Ebay and I assume since the knob was missing, it went (what I considered) reasonable. I guess the collectors didn't want it. Since I want to use it I don't care. I will just turn one that fits my hand.
I got a nice little Stanley #140 Hand Plane I recently rebuilt. It was in pretty rough shape when I first got it, but then I went a bit overboard with the rebuild process however, eventually adding a new knob, nicker, side plate, side fence, blade, cap iron, auxilliary fence and even added a finger dimple.
It was a lot of work, but the end result was good.
Overall the Stanley #140 was a great plane for cross grain work. Still its standard angle was a bit foolish in my opinion, as a lower angle would have been much better. You can still get the properties of a lower angle by using a micro-bevel, and you can get replacement blades from LN readily (30 bucks).
Old or new, the #140 plane is my all time favorite plane. Here are some before and after pictures of my Stanley #140 Plane.