Woohoo...I am the first one to start this forum off and running. Okay so I don't have a life, but I do have a nice Stanley #140
To start off with, I have always admired the Stanley #140 and enjoyed making it in the short time I worked for Lie Nielsen as a Machinist. During that time I obtained permission to use their machines and parts to rebuild this great plane. Since starting it I have moved to another job, but at my new job I have more use of steels, tooling and machines, so I have been able to make some great progress.
All in all, I have:
- Replaced the knob
- Replaced the blade
- Added a nicker
- Added a Side Fence with auxiliary Purple Heart fence
- Remilled the sides, sole and frog straight, true and square
- Replaced the iron cap with a bronze cap and pin wheel
- Fabricated up a new brass side plate
- Replaced all fasteners with brass fasteners
- Sand blasted and Powder Coat painted the body
- Retapped all threads and holes
It does not seem like much, but in fact the plane has really came out great. I think with the new nicker, side fence, side plate this plane should perform well. Better yet, the plane looks awesome with its Cast Iron, Stainless Steel and Brass parts. Its not done quite yet, but it is really close.