Bad milling on LN 271 router plane.

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07-08-2008 01:13 AM

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This weekend I picked up a new Lie-Nielsen 271 mini-router plane from my local Woodcraft store. I was in a rush so I didn’t bother opening the box or packaging until I got home later that evening but when I did, I noticed that the hole for the blade was not square with the body of the plane. It isn’t too bad and I don’t think it will affect the functionality of the plane, but it is noticeable. Furthermore, the blade itself doesn’t look like it was ground squarely either!

I have a few other LN tools including a dovetail saw and have never been disappointed like this. What do you think I should do; should I return it to the store and see if they have another one in better shape, contact Lie-Nielsen and complain, or just deal with it? Like I said, I don’t think it will affect the functionality with a little tuning.

Has anyone else had a problem like this from LN?


-- Pete

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#1 posted 07-08-2008 01:23 AM

Not from LN but I did get a poorly made marking gauge from Crown. The scribing pins were crooked and the tightening know was threaded on angle.

I sent them an email and they said if I sent it back to them, they would replace it. The shipping to England wasn’t cheap but they did send me a new one and a small sliding bevel square for my trouble.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-08-2008 01:25 AM

Take it back to Woodcraft. They should refund the purchase price. This is definitely an aberration for LN. They put out a quality product, but no one is perfect and a less-than-perfect plane can make it out of the plant occasionally.

I’ve had nothing but good experience with LN. But like I said, no one’s, no company is perfect. The difference with LN is they’ll make it right.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 07-08-2008 01:28 AM

Knowing the Tom Lie-Nielsen’s passion for perfection I would take it back to the store or at least call L&N customer support.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 07-08-2008 01:32 AM

I just got off the phone with Woodcraft and they said they would exchange it or refund my money without question.

It’s not nearly as bad as some planes I have purchased (ala Anant) and it’s still light-years better than my old Stanley 71-1/2, but it’s the worst thing I have ever seen from LN. I was sure it was just a bad apple. Just curious to see if anyone else has had a similar problem.

-- Pete

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#5 posted 07-08-2008 02:51 AM

Call LN and talk to Tom I’ll bet he would be glad to know what you found.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#6 posted 07-08-2008 09:37 PM

Sounds like the issue’s been resolved!! That’s insane the plane even made it out of the building with that kind of defect…

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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#7 posted 07-08-2008 09:45 PM

I was amazed as well, but the folks at Woodcraft say they will make it better. Thanks for all the feedback, guys!

-- Pete

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