I use my Lie-Nielson Adjustable Mouth Block Plane almost daily in my custom fly fishing net building. I actually have a few pics of my plane on my website (www.sierra-nets.com) It is a beautifully crafted tool and makes minced meat out of wood.
A while back, I noticed I was having some difficulty adjusting the blade tightening screw, known as a “spinwheel”. When I last took the plane apart for sharpening, I noticed that the brass screw on the “spinwheel” was bent. I tried fixing it but could not get it straight and was having problems fully retracting the screw bak up into the bronze cap iron.
To help others who use or will use this wonderful plane in teh future, I can offer some advice:
Don’t overtighten this spinwheel. It is relatively easy to do. Do not drop your plane as this too can bend the brass screw. Apparently, I did both at some point. However, a quick phone call to Lie-Nielson, and Andrew, the rep who answered the phone, offered to send me a new one free of charge!
Is this a dream company or what!? I will never buy another brand…ever.
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