After telling my heartbreaking story I said I would post pictures after I got my plane back from Lie-Nielsen. Well it finally showed up.
Over the long weekend my wife and I were doing some painting in our house. Monday afternoon we were working in the front hallway, and I heard a truck pull up in front of house. I said to her, did you hear a UPS truck pull up to the house? She said no. I said I’m sure I hear a UPS truck pull up. I said I haven’t ordered anything lately, did you? She said no. I said, oh wow it could be my plane coming back home. A few seconds later the doorbell rang. Sure enough there was a long box just the size of a #7 hand plane. I came back in the house with a big smile on my face. She said, you heard the UPS truck pull up, do you salivate whenever you hear a UPS truck? I have to admit I stop and listen whenever I hear the UPS truck, to see if it’s stopping at the house :). I haven’t started to drool yet, but that may happen someday.
Even though it still hurts to look at the pictures, I will post the pictures anyway. Here are the before pictures. The pictures don’t really show it, but the scratches were pretty deep. They left marks on the wood, even after I cleaned up the nicked blade.
Here’s how the plane came back, you can’t even tell there were scratches. They did a fantastic job. There was even a hand written note from the guy that did the work. He said he also made sure the sides were still square after grinding the scratches out.
The lesson to learn from this. Don’t store your wood on the floor and always exam your lumber before working it with any tools.