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"Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Design"

"Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Design"

01-21-2010 06:12 PM by thewoodwhisperer | 5 comments »

When it comes to woodworking, I often feel like I am working my way backwards. I was proficient with a tablesaw before I picked up my first handsaw. I knew my way around a drum sander before learning how to use a smoothing plane. And perhaps most disturbingly, I was creating and building my own furniture before I knew anything about design. Heck, who am I kidding? I still know nothing about design! I know what I think looks good and I follow a few basic rules, but more often than not I ...

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Lightly rusty rabbet block plane

Lightly rusty rabbet block plane

01-09-2010 11:03 AM by cmaeda | 2 comments »

I know what some (or all!) of you must be thinking. Only 4 stars!Well, I got this plane as a Christmas gift from my aunt and I was really excited because I couldn’t believe she gave me such a nice and expensive gift.I opened it and saw right away that there seemed to be a light coat of rust on the plane. It was especially noticeable on the sole. (See picture) I realized that whoever packaged the plane must have forgot to coat the plane with oil. The frog was oiled but not the rest o...

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One of my favorite planes!!!!

One of my favorite planes!!!!

12-26-2009 03:47 AM by teenagewoodworker | 12 comments »

Well i wonder if you guys can guess what i got for Christmas!!! :) I’ve got a few planes, you know the regular an old stanley some Veritas Bevel up planes, and a Lie-Nielsen block plane but out of them all this has got to be one of my favorites!!!!!! First off you would be surprised how much a rabbeting block plane would come in handy. I don’t have a shoulder plane but even if i did i couldn’t see liking it more than this. I can get a full 1 3/4” width of cut which ...

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Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event - Indy

Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event - Indy

10-19-2009 02:55 AM by Walnut_Weasel | 6 comments »

This Saturday (10/17/09) I attended the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event in Indianapolis at the Herron School of Art. I think it is worth mentioning right off the bat is that I am extremely new to woodworking and that alone may bias my opinions stated below. I had two main reason for attending this event: 1) Learn as much as possible about everything available, and 2) Get my hands on some Lie-Nielsen equipment to see what it is like to use high quality tools. Admission to the event was free! I...

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Lie-Nielsen Customer Service

Lie-Nielsen Customer Service

06-04-2009 05:33 PM by Treverk | 13 comments »

I wasn’t sure if this was the right place to post this, but I thought it might do… I have had the Low angle smoother since Christmas (love my wife) and have been quite pleased with it. The other day while taking it apart to sharpen, one of the retaining screws hit the shop floor never to be seen again. A quick and painlessly menu free call to Lie-Nielsen and the replacement screw was sent first class and arrived yesterday free of charge. Before this happened, I was seriously c...

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Why did it take so long?

Why did it take so long?

05-20-2009 04:32 AM by JuniorJoiner | 12 comments »

I have wanted one of these saws since I first laid eyes on one. Rob Cosman had a set of these in his toolkit , and I first got to handle one about 4 years ago. The problem was that rob’s was kinked. so I didn’t get to use it. My new Lie-Nielsen panel saw arrived today, so the first thing i did was rip open the packaging and put it through it’s paces.I may not be extremely accomplished as a furniture maker, but i have done my share of construction with hand tools, and feel...

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Rarely needed yet useful

Rarely needed yet useful

02-07-2009 08:27 AM by JuniorJoiner | 6 comments »

I have had a set of the Lie-Nielsen Joinery floats for a few months now, and unbelievably i have even found uses for them.When i first saw these tools advertised on their site, I actually called my wife over , and showed her. Not from amazement or anything like that, but to tell her to never get them for me. Apparently she pays as much attention as i would to her new shoes, because just short weeks later they arrived. Smiling and being thankful, I put them all in the tool roll, and tossed ...

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WOW! you can't judge a scraper until you try this one!!

WOW! you can't judge a scraper until you try this one!!

12-25-2008 05:39 PM by teenagewoodworker | 21 comments »

All i have to say is WOW!! these are my first LN products and they are amazing i got them for christmas and i love them. with the old ones that i had i would sit there for about 5 minutes just burnishing the heck out of them but i could never get anything more than dust. i opened these up today and took them downstairs to the shop. after a light burnishing for about 1 minute i was getting shavings! Thats right SHAVINGS! i can’t wait until i have some time to properly hone and really giv...

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Very Nice - Very Small Bench Plane

Very Nice - Very Small Bench Plane

02-29-2008 11:37 PM by RickH | 2 comments »

I picked up this Lie-Nielsen #1 bench plane several weeks ago at Woodcraft on sale, intrigued by it’s small size and quality. It is the first Lie-Nielsen plane I own (though I have a number of Veritas) and as you would expect from either of these brands it is extremely well made. With it’s brass body and maple handles it is almost too nice to use as a tool – it looks that nice. It is based on the famous Stanley No. 1, 5½” (14cm) long with a 1-3/16” (3cm) x ....

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What a Dream... I love this Plane!

What a Dream... I love this Plane!

02-29-2008 07:28 PM by Chris | 7 comments »

This plane is my first foray into the world of Lie-Nielsen. WOW! I am impressed; we get so very used to mediocre products that when we get our hands on products with this level of craftsmanship it simply blows you away. Don’t get me wrong, I love my old planes. However, I hated using the block planes I had picked up here and there. They were just too difficult to use accurately. This plane was ready to go straight out of the box. The sole is, as far as I can tell, perfectly flat and the ...

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