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03-02-2011 10:15 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resource tip tools lee valley tools veritas tools

Hi All LJ’ers:

I stumbled on this when I was “Googaling” the WWW for other purposes . It’s the Home Page” for ”Veritas Tools”.

Lee Valley Tools started their Operation in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 1978. At that time they were Primarily a Mail Order Company (My words subject to their Conformation).

I lived in Ottawa at that time and bought a number of items from them by Driving around the back of an Industrial Complex to enter their Establishment. I also had a number of Pleasant Chit Chats with Leonard Lee, President at that time. His Son Robin Lee is now President and a Member of Lunber Jocks.

They have now expanded across Canada with I Believe 13 Retail Outlets. 2 of them are within a short driving distance of me. Not sure if that’s a Good Thing or not …LOL…

They started Designing and Manufacturing their own tools in 1982. Primarily by Listening to their Cutomers and asking “What do you feel is needed for Your Woodworking Purposes that is not available on the Market”. Shortly after ”Veritas Tools” was brought into being.

Veritas Tools Site is Certainly worth a Visit! You can see ”What’s New” LOTS! Take a ”Virtual Tour” of their Plant and DROOL over all the Tools they have listed on the Right Side of their page.

They also have Distributors and Dealers in many parts of the World.

Just for the Record...I Have NO Financial Interest in eiher of their Companies. I’m just a Very Satisfied Customer for Many Years now.

Enjoy: Rick

EDIT: Mr Lee Senior’s First name is “Leonard” not “Richard’. I corrected it above. MY First Name is Richard….Freudian Slip OR “Mad Cow” acting up again…LOl…

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#1 posted 03-02-2011 10:32 AM

I too am a happy customer of LV. I would dearly love to get turned loose in their antique tool collection, one of the largest in the world!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#2 posted 03-02-2011 01:35 PM

Thanks Rick, great link, Amen BigTiny

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 03-02-2011 01:37 PM

I love Lee Valley – for woodworking and gardening.

(on a side note) and did you know—that even their April Fool’s jokes that they make are real tools, not just digital drawings? that’s dedication to the product! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 03-02-2011 01:49 PM

I’ve been a loyal Lee Valley customer since I started this hobby in 1986. That was when I lived in Mississauga. Their store which was at the time on Keele in Toronto was just down the road from Oakwood Lumber where I bought all my oak supplies. I used to visit the London store every Christmas when we visited my sister-in-law. These days I can only order on-line. I have copies of their catalogs for every year since then. Prices have changed but not the good service.

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#5 posted 03-02-2011 01:54 PM

Just received my first order from Lee Vally and am very pleased with service and speed of shipping.

-- Roger, Jasper Tn.

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#6 posted 03-02-2011 02:13 PM

I have done reviews and REALLY enjoy the tools that I have purchased from them. They are a little pricy but the tools have proven themselves to be worth the investment.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#7 posted 03-04-2011 11:02 PM

I am very satisfied with Lee Valley. I have probably spent more than I should have there but don’t regret 1 cent of it.

Rick I was not aware they had a site dedicated to Veritas Tools. Thanks for the link.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 03-05-2011 04:25 AM

I’ll get back after I check the site out. Thanks

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#9 posted 03-05-2011 04:45 AM

Lee Valley is fantastic.

I had a $10 quick-change bit set fail after more than a year and simply walked in and got a new one. They are innovative, attentive to quality, and dedicated to customer service. What more could you ask for?

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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#10 posted 03-05-2011 05:14 AM

thankĀ“s for the link Rick :-)


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#11 posted 03-05-2011 11:40 AM

and did you know that if you buy something and they are about to update their prices (or something like that) and the purchased item will be cheaper that they will send you a cheque for the difference – without being asked – just a surprise $$$ in the mail.
Gotta love Lee Valley.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 03-05-2011 04:50 PM

The subject here is quality on two fronts: Product and Service. And when you think about commerce—trading money for something else—that’s the whole story, product and service.

Another site through which the thread of quality streams like the aroma of bacon frying in the morning is OWWM. The folks who rebuild and cherish these tools are all about quality, but it’s easy at first to think it’s just about history.

Those of us who hold quality as a high value do honor to Leonard Lee and others—and I’m inviting the creation of a list here—when we use their tools, add our talents as best we can, and create with mindfulness.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#13 posted 03-05-2011 05:04 PM

I like them too, I buy hardware from them, I missed the opportunity to take advantage of their free shipping this past Christmas, and look forward to the next time they offer it. Good company

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#14 posted 03-06-2011 03:16 AM

Hi Folks:

Thanks for your replies. Just a little Tip if you feel like doing a little “Drooling”. When you click on the Main Link as above, then click on “Products”.

You’ll get a “Picture View” of some of the Tool Categories you can click on to see more of those Tools…OR! Click on any of the ”+” signs beside the Various Tool Categories on the Left Side of the page. Theres a TON of them!!

Don’t forget to take a Towel with you!! ...LOL….


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#15 posted 03-06-2011 02:51 PM

I get to London a few times a year and take the time to go into the Lee Valley store there…...but my wife has to hold my hand (and the credit card!). High quality products and excellent staff. If you want a model of a company you can be proud of, model it after LV.

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