My last entry in a forum sparked a recent sore spot I have with Lie-Nielson…
The latest tool they came out with is a mini router, based off the Stanley 271 Mini Router Plane. They are even coming out with some 1/16” irons for it, which totally stoked me!
But after an inquiry, I found out they did specifically designed their plane irons to NOT fit the Stanley 271. I find that a bit irritating. They expect me to spend the extra $75 on their plane so I can use their blades.
But I think I shant do that. I’ll probably instead stick with my own mini router and figure out a way to make due (look for another 1/8” iron and grind it down to a 1/16”, maybe).
They could have had a market for people who didn’t own a mini router, who could buy the plane and the irons – and a market for people who already owned the 271, who could use the replacement irons in their already-owned plane. Instead they created a product that would force someone to use their plane.
I guess it isn’t really a big deal, but things like that tend to bug me – probably because they put me out.
(short blog entry to make up for the length of the last one…)
-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com