This Weekend in Chicago: Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event

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Blog entry by kem posted 04-08-2008 04:37 PM 1084 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m visiting family in Chicago this weekend and found out that there is this hand tool event going on. Here are some details from the website:

April 11 – April 12, 2008
Furniture Making Workshops
1774 W. Lunt Avenue- Chicago, IL
(J. Miller Handcrafted Furniture)

Hours: Friday, 4/11 noon-6pm
and Saturday 4/12 10am-5pm

Guest Demonstrators include: Christopher Schwarz, John Economaki, Jeff Miller and
Thomas Lie-Nielsen.

It happens to be about five minutes from my sister’s condo, so I’m planning to attend on Friday.

Have any of you been to one of these? How was it?

-- Kevin

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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 04-08-2008 05:16 PM

I went to one in Oakland and had a great time, bunch of great demos and a free lunch :) Definitely worth the trip.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 04-08-2008 07:56 PM

Just make sure you have plenty of room on your credit card. I am sure there are going to be some toys there that you just can’t live without.

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

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#3 posted 04-08-2008 08:18 PM

I wish they had one around here.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 04-09-2008 01:08 AM

Sounds like a good time, Damien. I’m looking forward to it. Did you get to demo any tools?

Scott, I know I’m going to be sorely tempted to buy some tools. I’ve been thinking about getting a shoulder plane. Although I’m leaning towards the veritas medium, it will be great to try out lie-nielsen’s and also bridge city’s if John Economaki brings one. I know I can’t afford the bridge city, but it just looks amazing!

-- Kevin

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#5 posted 04-09-2008 07:04 AM

I have the Veritas medium, though should have opted for the large as the first one – even for little work – lots of control. The Veritas are very comfortable in hand…

Enjoy your time on Friday!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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