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Forum topic by Joe posted 11-08-2011 03:06 AM 1096 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2011 03:06 AM

Is anyone going to the Lie-Nielson hand tool event at Annapolis, MD this weekend? I am going to make the drive on Friday. If anyone has gone in the past, do you know if the tools are cheaper at the event?

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#1 posted 11-08-2011 03:05 PM

Where is it at? I’m about 10 mins from Annapolis. Is it Saturday and Sunday?

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#2 posted 11-08-2011 05:15 PM

I am going Friday I will be there around 11ish. The wife and I will drive up It will take little over 4 hours to get there but I have never been to one so this is a good time to go. The wife wants to take the trolley ride and do some shopping while I am at the event. The info is also on LN web site.

November 11- 12, 2011
Friday, 10am – 6pm
Saturday, 10am – 5pm Exotic Lumber, Inc
1610 Whitehall Rd.
Annapolis, MD 21409

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#3 posted 11-09-2011 07:02 PM

I thought about it but their website didn’t say what exactly was planned for the event. I’d hate to drive all the way down there to find a small table with a couple of planes sitting on it.

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#4 posted 11-09-2011 09:26 PM

I went to a lie-Nielson event at Wood World in Dallas last spring. They had a large display in a relatively small place. It may not have been 100% of their catalog, but if not, it was not too far short of the full line.

They carried essentially no stock for sale. You bought there, gave them credit card info. They then shipped free to your home charging your card when they shipped. No sales tax since it was a catalog sale from out of state. Net result, the catalog price was your bottom line. I saved 8.25% plus shipping. And I got a wonderful dovetail saw. Definitely will go again.

They had very knowledgeable people and you could touch and use everything they brought with them. It was great to ask them to show plane setup and watch someone who really knows his stuff start out by honing the blade, setting everything up, then taking those fine curls. Using a well set up plane there has made me better able to see if a change I make has been for the better or not.

Bottom line, go, enjoy, ask questions and learn. Maybe even buy. You’ll enjoy it no matter what.

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#5 posted 11-10-2011 12:11 AM


I think their package is pretty standard, one of each of the tools they make, and some of the stuff they carry. There will be a bench and sharpening bench (both from catalog) so you can try the tools out, and I would guess in the East Deneb will be there – he is more than happy to spend a few minutes answering questions hands-on. My first one I went at a slow time and ended up getting an hour long sharpening lesson.

This year I believe there is a free DVD for every $200(?).

Also worth checking who the other demonstrators are. I look forward to them every year.

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#6 posted 11-10-2011 02:14 AM

Yea, this will be my first and I am looking forward to it. I know what I want to buy but will get lured into buying more. Geez…I need help I am weak…... LOL

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#7 posted 11-11-2011 12:30 AM

I went to the hand tool event in Denver last Friday. It was the same deal – free shipping.

For me, it was well worth the visit. I have had my eye on a shoulder plane for a while. While I was there I picked one up and went to the bench to give it a try. One of the reps came over and started talking. Next thing I know, all 3 of the shoulder planes they make are on the bench and he is describing the pros/cons of each one. Showed my how to set the blade properly, and quickly, etc.

I would have gone with the medium plane before going to the event. Feedback from the rep, and trying them out convinced me that the large plane is probably more versatile. Plus, I got to plan some hardwood with a freshly sharpened blade. Now I know what a sharp and properly set up tool is supposed to feel like! I may not get it like that in my shop, but I know how good it can be!

Somehow, I didn’t spend any money while there, but there will be something on my wish list for Santa soon.

If you are thinking about going, it will be worth the trip.

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