One of the surprises when working at Lie Nielsen was how often this happened. Planes would come back for a host of reasons (repairs, rebuilds, warranty issues, etc) and there would be holes bored all through them for various jigs and stuff.
Originally Posted by Mike Barnes
I remember one woodworker lost his shop to a fire and sent his tools back to be rebuilt. Lie Nielsen could have replaced them with new ones of course, but the man had special jigs he built and holes bored into them, so they were reworked, re polished and sent back to the guy. He was pleasantly surprised...same tools, unbelievable restored...no bill.
To a lesser extent, woodworkers would ask for planes that were custom built. I remember making a block plane that would take no more then a .004 chip, and a flymaker wanted a custom plane with a different champher down the sole.
I know Paul Hubbman has a Stanley #140 that had holes bored into it probably to add a wooden fence to the bottom of it. With the skewed iron, those planes have a tendency to shoot sideways, which was why Lie Nielsen added the side fence to his concoction. We were tempted to fill the holes upon Paul's plane rebuild, but we were concerned that the heat from welding would warp the casting, and since the plane was highly polished, the filler rod would be a different iron then the casting and you would see the hole anyway by way of a different color steel. So in the end it was rebuilt and still has those holes bored in the sole.
Here is a picture of that plane with its holes in the sole (A Paul Hubbman picture by the way). But while I was lazy at not fixing the holes, we did fix the skew problem by adding a side-fence to the plane and a few others things while we were there.
Last edited by Travis Johnson; 11-28-2008 at 10:05 AM.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"