I almost didn’t share this amazing stupid mistake with everyone, but the outcome is likely to be a very positive.
After Christmas I bought a new Lie Nielsen #7, with money I got from my family and some of mine. It came in last week and this weekend I used it for the first time. I got the blade all tuned up and took a few passes on a test board and centered the blade. Then started to true up some boards, I had just milled for my new workbench. After a little while I started to see plane tracks and thought it was odd, because I was taking full width shavings. I took a few more passes, and I was still seeing plane tracks. I turned the plane over and my jaw almost hit the floor. There two nasty scratches on the sole of my new plane! Words came out of my mouth that I can’t use here. I looked at the board and went thought the shaving looking for what I had hit. I found nothing! I didn’t feel anything when using the plane. I couldn’t figure it out, but after a little while I think I know what happened. I was running a lot of boards thought my thickness planer. Usually I put the boards on my bench, but this time I had too many. Guess were they ended up, on the floor of my garage. I think there was some grit or something on the floor and it got on the board. You know what happened next.
Now for the happy part of the story. I sent an email to Lie Nielsen, asking if they could resurface the sole of my plane. I expected to get a response back that said sure, and by the way send us lots of money. They said they would try and make it good as new, and they would do it for free! You have to love a company like that. When I get the plane back I’ll post some before and after pictures. I’d post the before pictures now, but the hurt is still too fresh to share right now.
I hope I never do something this stupid and potentially expensive again. If they hadn’t already, Lie Nielsen has a devoted customer now.