Woodworking In America 2009: Furniture Construction and Design #3: The Tools are Here

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Blog entry by kshipp posted 08-21-2009 06:40 PM 4023 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got the tools today so I thought I would show you guys what I got. First you can try to guess the hidden objects. They are shown in their new protective coverings for storage as I am currently workshopless. And if that wasn’t a word before then I just created it.


They are the Lee Valley / Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane and the Lie-Nielsen Low Angle Block Plane in Bronze.


I actually got the Lie-Nielsen plane at Woodcraft a few weeks before the conference but I haven’t talked about it yet on LumberJocks so I thought I would add it to the post. The leather holster was purchased at the show though.

I was trying to decide which planes to purchase from Lee Valley and I was going to get a Joiner Plane and a Smoothing Plane. In talking to the representative from Lee Valley he told me this Jack Plane would do both quite well and then I would only need to get one plane now. Some sales man he is huh? I really appreciated his expertise though and also picked up the magnetic jointer fence.

Jointer Fence

I will try to post a review of the planes once I get to use them a little more.

Bronze Plane
Jack Plane

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Lee Valley was offering a 15% discount and free shipping for orders placed at the show. So I couldn’t resist a few more items.

More Goodies

Holster for small block plane
Sock and fence for jack plane
Aerosol oil for tool storage
A few different types of card scrapers with a canvas holder
and some Palette knives for applying glue, etc.

Just like the infomercials: “And that’s not all”

Reprint of Catalog of Misison Furniture
Reprint of 1800 Mechanical Movements
Working with Handplanes
Technical Bulletins

The Pleasant Hill Shaker Furniture book was from Popular Woodworking and not Lee Valley but I belive it was only $7 so I couldn’t pass it up. Nice hardcover book with lots of pictures.

I won the Complete Shaker Collection DVD in a raffle at the Hand Tool Olympics.

I also ordered the new dovetail and crosscut saws from Lee Valley but they haven’t been released yet so I will get them when they are.

If you can believe it, the tools I got were not even the best part of the conference. There were also many surprised people when my wife was right next to me while I ordered the tools. I was fortunate to have her accompany me to the conference so she could learn more for her Interior Designs (and approve my tools purchases.)

-- Kyle Shipp,

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#1 posted 08-21-2009 06:45 PM

that is one nice plane…. one day…. one day…

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

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#2 posted 08-21-2009 07:07 PM

Looks like you got a nice score there.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#3 posted 08-21-2009 07:30 PM

The LN low angle block plane in bronze…I have had for about 10 years now, and is without a doubt the most frequently used tool in my arsenal. It is a perfect size and weight, and when tuned properly, can tackle just about any kind of wood grain, etc.
Good choice for sure.

-- Andy Brownell

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#4 posted 08-22-2009 04:28 AM

cool tools

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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