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Teaching a class at Lee Valley

Teaching a class at Lee Valley

04-06-2011 07:07 PM by JuniorJoiner | 13 comments »

I want to start by saying I enjoyed myself and I think the students left with better hand tool and dovetail skills than they started with. I had many handshakes and smiles at the end, so I hope everyone feels that they got their moneys worth of instruction. Now the critique. there was a critique form for the students, but not for me. I had offered to teach a different class, but told them I was flexible if they needed something covered off, which I am. I received an e-mail some weeks la...

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Honing Guide

Honing Guide

03-31-2011 01:49 PM by dbray45 | 10 comments »

Bought this and was very surprised. My other honing guide clamps on the sides and edges for the larger blades and has a triangle to hold the smaller chisels and blades. This honing guide clamps on the flat side of the blade and holds it. The guide I give 5 stars. The guide comes with a piece of stick on rubber which I put on the anvil of the guide so that the blade does not move around. The anvil, as I call it, has scribed lines to show if your blade is square to the guide, the rubber ...

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Lee Valley Short shank Drill bits A handy accessory

Lee Valley Short shank Drill bits A handy accessory

11-04-2010 10:25 PM by Bob #2 | 10 comments »

I’m starting to feel like the Official Greeter at Lee Valley but here goes.I picked up these bits on a hunch that they would prove useful and now they are part of my mobile drill kit.The size is just perfect for many jobs like starting screws, fitting hinges, etc as the distance from bit to drill is short and gives you a better sense of parallel and more hand force to drive the bit straight. Short Drill Bits The shorter length has saved me grief a couple of times in the last two ...

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1/4" drill bit extenders that work

1/4" drill bit extenders that work

05-09-2010 05:21 AM by Bob #2 | 8 comments »

Over the years I’ve probably purchased a half dozen different quarter-inch bit extensions all of which have failed for one reason or another. Either thay were too long or too short or too wobbly or just plain junk and end up frustrating me every time I attempted to use them. This morning I went out to check a couple of vendors that supply these devices to see if there were any improvements. The first store I checked had a set five but they were sealed in plastic and the sales clerk ...

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Getting the right fit for hinges and brass screws is problematic

Getting the right fit for hinges and brass screws is problematic

04-02-2010 05:17 PM by Bob #2 | 17 comments »

I had occasion to purchase some extruded brass extra narrow butt hinges for project I’m working on this week around here Lee Valley is the only game in town for this type of hardware.Unfortunately with the help of the counter clerk I managed to bollocks up the matching screw head sizes receive available hinge. Notwithstandingm yet another trip to the store on Saturday morning I found that they suggested head size #4 did not completely match the countersink in these hinges.Nothing in fi...

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Great Product!

Great Product!

03-05-2010 04:10 PM by Newfounlandwood | 5 comments »

Hey guys, I recently received a shipment of tools from Lee Valley and I’ll be putting in a small review on all of them. A straight edge is something that I have never owned before. It’s not something that is easy to find in Newfoundland, Canada (along with any other woodworking tools). But with the purchase of a router table and the making of a mitre saw stand, my twenty dollar HD level was not going to cut it. I am very pleased with this product. The length of the body is conc...

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Self Cleaning Blast Gates

Self Cleaning Blast Gates

02-16-2010 10:00 PM by longgone | 8 comments »

I have tried numerous blast gates, metal and plastic. These from Lee Valley are the best I have found and they never clog because of the way the gate pushes any possible clog out when the gate is open and closed. I have been using them for 2 years without a clog. They do not come with the knobs…I added them for ease of use. when remodeling my kitchen last september I saved all the knobs from my old cabinets with the intention of re-using them on the new cabinets. I was outvoted by my w...

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Not sure what to think of these, but felt misled by Lee Valley

Not sure what to think of these, but felt misled by Lee Valley

01-20-2010 04:07 AM by funchuck | 14 comments »

I have mostly seen high praise of Lee Valley, but I bought these 2 items and felt that their website was misleading. The 2 pictures above are from their website. They are: 1. Pocket Folding Squares – they have a 45 deg, 90 deg and 135 deg setting. They are supposed to be accurate to within 0.06 deg. I bought the 6” version. 2. Engineer’s Squares – they are machined to 0.001” deviation per inch. I bought the 2” and 4” versions. If you l...

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A new way to find and track all those thread sizes in the tool shop

A new way to find and track all those thread sizes in the tool shop

01-16-2010 02:33 AM by Bob #2 | 14 comments »

Seems I am always lookng for a nut or bolt for a peice of geat in my shop.Without taking a spare with me to the nut shop I am usually stubbed out with a replacement that’s eighr too big or too small.Now all I have this to fill in the blanks for size and thread. I’ll quaote from the excellent writeup rather than try to polish a pear.“a plate tapped for 10 National Coarse sizes (1-64 to 1/4-20), 10 National Fine sizes (1-72 to 1/4-28) and 8 Metric Coarse sizes from M1.6 to ...

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Lee Valley's Variable Round Over Bit

Lee Valley's Variable Round Over Bit

11-20-2009 07:37 PM by handi | 0 comments »

I got to try out Lee Valley’s new Variable Roundover bit. This bit has two parts that can be spaced apart with the included shims to round over the top and bottom of stock from .79” to 1” thick. It does take a bit of checking to assure that the bit is set to the proper width. Since the cutting tips are offset, it is difficult to exactly measure the setting. Make some extra stock and do test cuts. This bit was designed to make tool handles using templates and Lee Valley...

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