|Forum topic by Reynie||posted 10-09-2015 03:12 PM||885 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
10-09-2015 03:12 PM
I’m fairly new to the site, and very new to woodworking. I have a very limited number of tools and thought that buying a WoodRiver No 5 plane would get me the most for my money. It arrived today and I noticed that there is a really small dent and chip in the top left corner (left if you are looking at the plane like you were using it). The dent on the edge is about 1/4 inch long. You can see the metal is bunched up on the underside/ bottom of the plane extending about 1/8 inch towards the other edge of the plane. The height of the bulge in the metal is small but easily seen. Please see the pictures attached to this post.
My question is, should I return it? is this a deal breaker? It’s such a small defect that I don’t want to return it and cause a hassle if it does not affect performance. On the other hand it’s the only plane I own, and I plan on stretching this plane as far as I can in terms of using it for dimensioning stock, smoothing and jointing. will this chip/dent compromise that?
And as a beginner I don’t have the expertise to fix it. I don’t even have to expertise to tell if the chip is a concern or not, or if it will affect my work, especially long term as I become more skilled. I planned on having this plane with me for the entirety of my wood working adventures.
For those of you who use hand tools, how common are these dents/ chips from normal use? Would you recommend returning it? will it affect my ability to plane, joint and smooth? Will it affect the planes performance at all? Or will it affect its longevity?
Please let me know what you guys think. Sorry for the post being so long, any help or advice would be very appreciated
Thanks for your help!