The Lee Valley diet!!

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Blog entry by Rick Boyett posted 11-08-2010 07:31 PM 1639 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m 6’ 2” and about 205 lbs. Not obese but I certainly need to lose a few pounds. However I’ve had problems losing weight. I have all sorts of obstacles. My knee curses me when I try to run, my job steals my time, and my brain says WTF when I try to exercise.

Lee Valley to the rescue!

With the Lee Valley diet you are guaranteed to lose weight where it counts. Your 3rd point of contact will looks much slimmer as your wallet becomes lighter.

The great thing is that the Lee Valley diet can be customized to your specific needs. For me it started lightly with the purchase of a Low Angle Jack Plane but then it accelerated in earnest as the money flowed from my wallet for the following..

The Narex Mortising Chisels
The new Veritas Carcass Saw set
The Veritas 20tpi and 14tpi Dovetail Saws
The Veritas micro adjust wheel marking gauge

Not only am I losing weight, but I’m well on my way to establishing more balance between my work with power and hand tools. DOUBLE BONUS!

At some point I’ll write up a review on these tools. In the meantime some of you might want to look into getting those Narex chisels and the Carcass saws. Those are great bargains.

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#1 posted 11-08-2010 07:36 PM

I’ve been a diet like that for years but I still wear the same size cloths I guess it just takes longer than twenty years for it to kick in :))

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 11-08-2010 08:34 PM

LOL :-)
I look forward to your rewies on them


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#3 posted 11-08-2010 09:57 PM

[Marx Brother’s Voice] That’s a no diet, that’s an exercise program.

The galoot exercise regimen has probably done more for the adult male waistline than any other. Works for me. :)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 11-08-2010 09:59 PM

is the weight coming off because you can’t afford to eat after buying them LOL

-- San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 11-09-2010 03:53 AM

but I need my extra fat layers to survive the cold winters in the unheated shop!
Loving my LeeValley and Lie-Nielsen tools

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#6 posted 11-09-2010 04:14 AM

But I am too tired to loose weight !!!!(Probably due to carrying around these extra pounds)
Do not call hand planing——excercise. Excercise is an action word, I do not do action words.
You need to mention another benefit is a lower electricity & heat bill !
You do not want a heated building when you are working up a sweat.
Now I have to go sit down and rest just in case I have to do some planing tomorrow.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 11-09-2010 05:03 AM

Good point Canadianchips…. we won’t call it exercise, we’ll call it a lifestyle choice ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 11-09-2010 10:47 PM

Hi Swirt – you commented on my saw till but for some reason the link did not work and the comment does not show up on the project page and I have been unable to respond – so here I am.

The LV carcass saws are larger than the joinery saws but otherwise you have to read the label on the saw plate which tells you what the tooth count is and whether it is crosscut or rip.

There you go!!

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#9 posted 11-10-2010 04:43 AM

DonH: Huh….that’s wierd…. I wonder where the comment went. Anyway, thanks for finding me here. ;) Glad to hear that the LV saws are well labeled.

-- Galootish log blog,

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