Best funky tool bargains from Lee Valley?

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Forum topic by Loren posted 759 days ago 2044 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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759 days ago

Lee Valley for years has been a source of interesting tools. My
thought is the company buyers and catalog copywriters
work together, often selling a tool on the virtues of an
“out of the box” use.

Excluding Lee Valley’s headliner tool like all the fine Veritas planes
and chisels from the survey, do you have any favorites from
current or past Lee Valley catalogs?

I thought the folding dozuki was pretty neat. I bought one and
it works well.


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#1 posted 759 days ago

Never tried any, but they have some eye catchers. Hopefully there will be some suggestions, so I can add to my gotta have it list.

Although they are planes…some of the mini ones tempt me.

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Mainiac Matt

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#2 posted 759 days ago

For the money, their aluminum straight edges are a great deal…

Similar straight edges machined from steel (especially the long ones) from metal working outfits like, ENCO, run 2 to 3 times as much.

We have one at work and are carefull to take very good care of it (store it hanging in a safe area and don’t drop it) and it’s a great tool

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Mainiac Matt

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#3 posted 759 days ago

I got this set more than a decade ago…. The honing guide leaves a lot to be desired (there’s no straight edge to prevent the blade from shifting in the jig when applying force) but it’s one of the few that can take large firmer chisels

The angle jig is the cat’s meow and works pretty slick for setting up any honing guide for a precise angle.

Let me guess…. Loren is anticipating a gift card to Lee Valley for Father’s Day???

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#4 posted 759 days ago

I don’t have kids so I don’t qualify. I’m just curious.
I’ve bought a lot of stuff from Lee Valley over the
years – when the US dollar was stronger some time
ago the catalog was even more seductive than it
is at present, if you can imagine.


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Tyrone D

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#5 posted 759 days ago

I bought a sheet of the PSA backed high friction pad(Not sure of the actual name). I haven’t used it yet as my shop isn’t functional but I am going to make push pushblocks with it and it’s also useful in jigs.

I get all my marking tools from them albeit an Empire Combo Square.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#6 posted 759 days ago

i really like the apron with the slash pockets. gave one to a friend and he uses it for smoking stuff in his big green egg.

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#7 posted 759 days ago

I have the “original” honing guide shown above and the Mark II and I love them both, but my favorites are the mini-shoulder plane and the mini-marking gauge. I bought them when they were introduced because I thought they were interesting, but I find I use them a LOT. The marking gauge can be used on either end and that is very handy for tenons, and the mini-shoulder plane is perfect for 1/4” dados.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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Ryan Haasen

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#8 posted 759 days ago

I have a 12” T-Incra Ruler and love it. It is extremely precise. I also really like the double marking gauge.

-- Ryan

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#9 posted 759 days ago

The 4” double square is a very fine tool.

I also appreciate the straight edge.

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#10 posted 759 days ago

I just HAD To Have this! They use to use it a Long Time ago for Nailing Down Tops on Tables and Dressers. It’s a small Convex Plane. Slide up a Sliver Of Wood. Put the nail in. Glue the Sliver back down. They even give you a Bottle of “Horse Hide Glue!

These work lik a Dream and save a LOT Of Work when you’re Installing Mouldings. $21.50 is a Gift.

Also a Dozen other Doo Dads! ...LOL… It’s Dangerous going to one of their Stores!!

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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Mainiac Matt

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#11 posted 759 days ago


That little nail hider is really slick. Saw your fishing thread…. where abouts in Michigan? My dad used to tell me stories about fishing for Walleye on Lake Erie, but he’s in his 80’s and I suspect it wasn’t as polluted when he was a kid.


I’m happy to see I’m not the only one who still uses “funky” as an adjective :^)

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#12 posted 758 days ago

Those contour planes are nice.

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#13 posted 758 days ago

Their shoulder plane is a unique design, and I love it.

They recently started selling some square chisels, for use in making mortises for Greene & Greene sthyle ebony plugs. I like them a lot.

-- Kelby

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