Lie Nielsen Tool Event

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Blog entry by Marc5 posted 05-02-2009 03:52 AM 1427 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just got back for the Lie Nielsen Tool Event @ Jeff Miller’s Handcrafted Furniture Shop. Not ever being at one of these, I figured it would nothing more than product pushing extravaganza. Boy was I wrong! Christopher Schrawz, Jeff Miller and two a couple representatives of Lie Nielsen were for the most part running a seminar for free. Jeff Miller is quite a craftsman, he was smoothing curved surfaces with several of what he call the essentials obviously making the task look easy but provided little tips on handling spoke shaves, scrapers & a #2 bench plane. I have old big beat up hands and had never considered using a plane so small but after he demonstrated how he grips the plane & how well it handles seeping curves; I have change mind. Christopher Sharwz was another willing to give up little tricks of the trades and you all can imagine how helpful these are. I also met Ron Brese and he brought a few of his planes to demonstration and show off. What a tool! I used a #4 high angle (50 degree) and it was amazing. It was a bevel down plane with no chip breaker. Who’d a thunk that would work. Maybe if I am good Santa will put one under my tree.

Well I guess I just wanted to let people what to expect and would recommend it to anyone. Buy the way, it was hard walking out without spending several hundreds of dollars.

-- Marc

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#1 posted 05-02-2009 04:03 AM

sounds like a great day! amazing how much more you can pick up when it’s ‘live’ huh?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 05-02-2009 05:18 AM

I’ve visited the LN showroom and factory in Maine a couple of times – very much a class act. The quality of the tools speak for themselves, and I never got a sense that they ever push their products. They know their products, market, customers, and competitors, and seem content to rely on the intelligence of the people they sell to. Unfortunately, for the most part, I can’t afford them; certainly to the extent that I would if I was willing to create a personal financial crisis. I do have the adjustable mouth block plane, and use it constantly. Good, solid classic products, supported by knowledgeable employees.

-- ShopCat

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#3 posted 05-02-2009 02:19 PM

It does sound like you had a lot of fun and you certainly are a stronger person than I would have been. If I had been there I can guarantee you that my credit card bill would have given me sticker shock!

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 05-02-2009 03:00 PM

It took all I had not to go crazy. It’s one thing to look on the web but when you have thses great tools in you hand it is almost impossible not to take them all home. I had the money out for a #2 and low angle jack but figured I would sleep on it. Also, I would of had to justify the purchases to wife, boy that would of went over like a ton of bricks.

-- Marc

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#5 posted 05-04-2009 06:00 AM

I learned to cope with LN lust by learning how to re-furb old tools. My old Stanley planes are not as pretty as the LN’s, but they seem to do the job, at a bare fraction of the price of new. For less than the price of one new LN #5 jack, I ebayed old Stanley’s and now have a #4, #5, #6, and #7. I soaked them for days in a rust desolver, hand lapped/flattened the soles and blades, and they are now better tools than I am woodworker. Plus, there is a nice feeling that comes for restoring one of those old tools. Properly done and maintained, they will last another 100 years.

-- ShopCat

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#6 posted 05-04-2009 06:10 AM

It sounds like a great day another reason to have eastern states envy

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 05-10-2009 11:20 PM

I have taken classes at Jeff Miller’s Shop. Well worth the price, paced for everyone with lots of tricks and information on other things thrown in just for the asking. Hope to get in on one of his inlay classes soon. Jeff has a catalog of classes he offers. Small size classes so you get lots of one on one hands on help. Went to last years Lie Nielsen Tool Event @ Jeff Miller’s Handcrafted Furniture Shop and I agree about how it seems like just a bunch of really talented guys willing to share their knowledge on anything.

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