Lie-Nielsen’s show is about hand tools – the company, as well as the other exhibitors at the show, make fantastic tools as you well know. However, at the upcoming event, I plan to run and operate a few power tools. (I’ll bet Tom and Deneb just raised their respective eyebrows.)
Here’s the deal. I’m demonstrating hand-cut dovetails on Saturday morning. Of course, I’ll run through the process using a dovetail saw, chisels and a mallet – the traditional hand-cut method. But to take advantage of this opportunity to hock my “Cheating at Hand-cut Dovetails” DVD, I’ll also demonstrate how I power-up dovetails without sacrificing the hand-cut look.
Here’s an added bonus. One method I’m an advocate for when working with large panels is to use a jigsaw to cut the pins and tails. A few weeks back Festool showed us new tools coming in 2011 and we got a first look at Carvex, Festool’s newest jigsaw (read about it here). The angled base – the most innovative jigsaw idea to come down the path – is perfect for this kind of work. I asked the folks at Festool if we could get a Carvex for the show – even though its release date is June 1 – and they agreed to send one down. If you stop by the event, you’ll not only get the opportunity to ask about and use great hand tools, you’ll also get a chance to see and operate Festool’s new jigsaw.