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Visit Chicago… Take home a workbench

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Visit Chicago… Take home a workbench

If you’ve been wanting a new work bench, but you don’t have the time, energy or back to build one, come see us at the Lie-Nielson Hand Tool Event this weekend at Jeff Miller’s place in Chicago. We’ve put together a Plate 11 Workbench package you won’t find anywhere else. This bench comes complete with a leg vise from Lake Erie Toolworks that’s tapped directly into the leg. We’re also throwing in a reproduction Roubo Plate 11 iron package hand forged by Peter Ross. Here are the details: Dimensions – 84″L x 23″D x 34-1/2″H...

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A rising tide floats all boats.

Posted by on Jan 18, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Maybe it has something to do with being raised in the desert of Southern California, but this is not an expression I heard much growing up. I’ve been using it a lot lately, though, and its all because of a man named Thomas Lie-Nielson. Thomas not only believes this expression, he lives it to the extent I never imagined. You all know he’s a hand tool maker from Maine, and you probably know he holds Hand Tool Events across the US and Canada. What you may not know is that Lie-Nielson uses these events to promote the use of all hand tools, not just his hand tools. To that end he...

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Old Thresher’s – Final Day

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Events, Urban Timbers | 0 comments

Old Thresher’s – Final Day

Day four was a pretty eventful day on the sales floor, so not much work got done at the bench. I spent day five bouncing back and forth between our display and the Steam Engine Powered Sawmill waiting for my walnut log to be milled. We got some photos and a bit of video when it finally got under way. Enjoy! Your browser does not support the video tag Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailPrintMoreGoogleLinkedInRedditStumbleUponTumblrDiggPinterestPocketLike this:Like...

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Old Thresher’s – Day 3 – Logs and Dovetails

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 in Events, Urban Timbers | 0 comments

Old Thresher’s – Day 3 – Logs and Dovetails

What a great day! I’ve been horse trading all week for some logs to mill into slabs and the first one arrived this morning. It’s a good looking 30″ x 10′ walnut that was salvaged by a local lawn and tree service. At the bench today we spent a lot of time talking, but we still managed to get the sides dovetailed to the bottom. People had to stop and watch as Jessie chopped her first dovetails. It was a lot of fun to watch her drive home that first joint… She’s visibly anxious at first, but that changes pretty quickly. So glad we got it on film! Your...

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Old Thresher’s – Day 2 – 108 Heat Index

Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

Old Thresher’s – Day 2 – 108 Heat Index

Day two was another productive day. Many of our old friends stopped by to visit and some to shop. We were pretty productive at the bench today too, if you measure productivity in shavings on the floor. We started the day cutting and clearing dados in a piece of scrap that would be become a much needed tool rack for the back side of the bench. Yes, there are easier ways to accomplish this but it was perfect practice for the dados we’ll need to cut for the shelf in the Dutch Tool Chest. After that I attempted to true and flatten the boards for the sides and bottom of the chest. I...

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Old Thresher’s – Day 1

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

Old Thresher’s – Day 1

What an incredibly hot day. I have no idea what the heat index was but it had to be well over 100 degrees. The down side of that was a slow day for sales. The upside was that we had plenty of time to get some work done. Jessie, the apprentice, found a great Millers Falls jack plane in the trading post and we took a little time to get it in useable condition. It’ll take a little more work to really clean up when we get back to the shop but it afforded me the perfect opportunity to give a lesson on sharpening a plane iron. We also took some time to make a couple straight edges out of a...

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