Stanley Combination Plane - No. 143

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Stanley 143 Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Stanley
Plane Type: Combination / Multi
Model No: 143


The Stanley multi plane number 143 is classed as a bullnose combination plane which is suitable for plough, rebate and tonguing work.

The Stanley 143 came with a mixture of 10 cutters:

Plough / Plow: 1/8", 3/16", 1/4", 5/15", 3/8", 7/16", 1/2", 5/8"

Tongue: 1/4"

Slitting: x1

The Stanley 143 cutters each have a groove running the length of the cutter. The purpose of the groove is to enable the cutter to locate with the skate in order to help prevent chatter.

stanley 143 plane

This technique didn't catch on as there hasn't been another iron plane since which has adopted this type of cutter (as far as I am aware).

The idea of the grooved blade took inspiration from the long serving wooden plough planes and their grooved blades.

The Stanley 143 is also equipped with a depth stop and a fence with dual positions to allow the fence to positioned higher or lower.

The fence is supported and anchored to two arms.

The arms have a screw thread at one end of them which pass through the body and locate with a thumb screw to lock the arms tight.

I have seen a couple of these planes with a brass depth stop, I am not sure if these were original to a plane of a certain age or at some point in time someone has made a batch of replacement depth stops in brass. My initial guess is the latter however it seems strange I have only seen this part on the 143's. I would be interested to hear of any other Stanley 143's out there with a brass depth stop.

stanley 143 plane

The plane has a body and fence similar in appearance to a Stanley 45 multi plane but shorter with a sloped top edge and no front knob. The similarites in appearance also include the Stanley 143 plane having the floral pattern design which some of the early Stanley 45's had. The Stanley 143 also has a pretty identical rosewood handle.

The final feature of this plane is it has a front part which can be changed to switch the plane to a bullnose function.

stanley 143 plane cutters

Manufactured Dates

1888 - 1934>

Plane Also Known As

Stanley 143 Plow Plane
Stanley 143 Plough Plane
Stanley 143 Combi Plane
Stanley 143 Combination Plane
Stanley 143 Multi Plane

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