Last month, I spent a few days inlaying about 40 pieces of brass hardware that all required recesses of different depths. My small Lie-Nielsen router plane did most of the work, but by the end of the job I was a bit frustrated.
Unlike its bigger brother, the small router plane doesn’t have a depth stop. And when you are inlaying brasses – a lot of them – on a campaign chest, it is helpful to be able to get back to a predetermined depth repeatedly.
I used a small C-clamp as a depth stop during the job, but that was a kludge.
So I sent Thomas Lie-Nielsen an e-mail about it. In a few days he sent me a depth stop for my little router. It works like crazy.
Thomas says he wants to start making the depth stop as an accessory, but it might be a little while to get some time available on the machines. In the meantime, Thomas suggested that if you would like one to let his sales staff know.
— Christopher Schwarz
BTW, if you don’t have one of these small router planes, they are excellent for all manner of installing hardware (unless you are a power tool person who prefers to balance a 3-1/4hp router on an edge….).