Christopher Schwarz at Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event [video]

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Blog entry by kem posted 04-18-2008 04:49 AM 5043 reads 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week’s event in Chicago was fantastic. Being a novice, I really learned a lot from the many demonstrations and from getting to play with some fine tools. A couple of highlights for me were being able to try out Chris Schwarz’s ebony infill smoothing plane (by Wayne Anderson) and hearing Jeff Miller discuss the design and production of his beautiful Cantata chair. I was disciplined enough not to buy anything, although when I got home I ordered a large shoulder plane (Veritas, sorry Lie-Nielsen!) based on suggestions by people at the show and Dorje.

I took some video of Chris’s hand plane talk. It’s a little shaky (done with a little Flip Ultra), but I think the message comes across. Here’s the first part on the fore plane and jointer plane.

The second part covers the smoothing plane, high angle infill smoother, and scraper.

In the third part he addresses some myths about orienting boards in a panel and never setting your planes down on the sole.

In this video, he discusses bevel-up versus bevel-down planes.

As an encore, he showed how to use the reflection in your saw blade to improve your cuts.

-- Kevin

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#1 posted 04-18-2008 04:51 AM

Oh yeah, thanks to Chris Schwarz for letting me post these. He can be reached at:


-- Kevin

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#2 posted 04-18-2008 04:13 PM


Thanks for sharing those videos, they were really fun to watch. Chris is always very generous about sharing his knowledge.

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#3 posted 04-19-2008 12:16 AM

Thanks for the videos, a realy enjoyable watch!

Thanks for the post


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#4 posted 04-19-2008 03:19 AM

Thanks for sharing these videos!


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#5 posted 04-19-2008 04:19 AM

Thanks for sharing, I learned a lot in just that few minutes. Wish I could have been there.

-- Frank Auge---Nichols NY----"My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked, but it is price competitive."

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#6 posted 04-20-2008 10:24 PM


Very interesting and informative. Thanks for taking the time to record and share.

-- Sola Gratia, John

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#7 posted 04-29-2008 04:25 AM

Great videos… I agree, very informative. Thanks for taking the time to post them.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#8 posted 04-29-2008 09:27 AM

Wow! Thanks kem – really appreciate the work you put into sharing these videos, and that’s great that Chris Schwarz was into it too!

Enjoy the new shoulder plane – that’s a big daddy! Mike L. just got the LN large shoulder, so you guys just balanced that equation out!

Thanks again!

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

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#9 posted 04-29-2008 06:28 PM

These are awesome – thanks so much for posting these! I feel almost like I was there at the show…

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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#10 posted 05-10-2008 04:09 AM

This is fantastic. Thanks for sharing

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