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Allit Modular Storage from Lee Valley a Dream Organizer

Allit Modular Storage from Lee Valley a Dream Organizer

09-01-2013 10:54 AM by rdwile | 12 comments »

Lee Valley has recently introduced a new storage product from Germany. The Allit storage case come in two depths (43mm & 63mm) which provides different options for the user. I have been looking for something like this for a long time without much success. As a Festool user, of course I have looked at the Systainer stuff which provides flexible storage but it was tough to find things without a pile of labels on the cases. These cases have a see-through top and it is easier to find t...

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The Luthier's Best Friend can help all handymen/women and woodworkers too!

The Luthier's Best Friend can help all handymen/women and woodworkers too!

08-29-2013 08:18 PM by rdwile | 11 comments »

I suggested some time ago that Lee Valley carry luthier’s binding tape, as it has usefulness for many of us on a day to day basis. After some searching they were able to track down a supplier and have offered it for sale on their store. Here’s an example of I use it in the guitar shop: This tape is quite simply indispensable for any woodworker and likely most home’s toolbox. The tape is strong enough to wrap around a joint and not break, while having some elasticit...

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Lee Valley Veritas Quick Release Face Vise

Lee Valley Veritas Quick Release Face Vise

04-30-2013 03:51 PM by rdwile | 8 comments »

I recently replaced my bench’s front vise with the Lee Valley (Veritas) Quick Release Face Vise which according to my extensive reading is one of the best for this purpose. For me it was a very smooth installation as I could simply bolt it to the underside of the benchtop without much modification. The vise face was lined up on the template so it was flush with the top of my bench and I drilled the holes. The wooden jaw is bubinga with ebony shoulders to add some visual interest, I thin...

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Liogier Joinery Float

Liogier Joinery Float

02-26-2013 01:09 PM by rdwile | 9 comments »

I was asked a few months back to review a new tool for Liogier rasps from France. They were thinking of starting a line of joinery floats and wanted the opinions of some users to refine the product before offering it for sale. I am pleased to see some of my feedback was incorporated into the final design which is now available for sale. These tools were very popular in days of yore, I think the reason is that they are so easy to use, modern woodworkers do not commonly use these, I think...

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David Barron Tools Dovetail Guide

David Barron Tools Dovetail Guide

01-18-2013 01:40 AM by rdwile | 10 comments »

I bought the David Barron Dovetail Guide last summer when I ordered a couple other things from David. I played with the guide and watched David's YouTube video on how to use it. So then I figured I was ready to cut some dovetails! I tried it out to get the hang of it on some scrap and then moved right into cutting the dovetails on my Tommy Mac Tool Chest. The fact that this was my first dovetail project ever in carcase construction is a testament to how easy this guide its to get used t...

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