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New Closed-throat Routers from Lie-Nielsen

In the great battle to make the best router plane (what, you weren’t aware of the war?), Lie-Nielsen has raised the stakes by introducing two new closed-throat routers. For those of you who don’t follow router plane minutiae like I do, the throat of a router plane can be either open or closed. Closed-throat...

New Classroom Space at Lie-Nielsen

When Thomas Lie-Nielsen was growing his toolmaking business in the 1990s, he designed an addition to his factory in Warren, Maine, that would be the perfect foundry to cast his tools. The 50′ x 50′ building would have a high ceiling and be right off the production floor and his second-floor office. Time passed....

New Workbench from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

I have always waited for and dreaded the day when someone made a commercial workbench that I would consider buying. That day might (almost) be here. This week I am in Warren, Maine, to shoot a video for Lie-Nielsen Toolworks on building the Shaker side table from the second issue of Woodworking Magazine. I’ve...

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The Lie-Nielsen No. 51 in Use

A dedicated shooting plane is a luxury item, much like a European table saw with a beautiful sliding table or a full keg of beer by your bedside. For many years, I’ve used my jointer plane to shoot edges and ends, and I’ve never wanted a fancy tool for the task. But after some...

Lie-Nielsen Load In

We now have some very large crates in our shop, chock full of Lie-Nielsen tools. The LN team is arriving next Thursday night to start setting up for the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event (Friday April 15, noon-6 p.m. and Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; click here for more information). The trucking company brought...

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A Ruckus at Lie-Nielsen Event

There’s going to be a some unruliness at this year’s Lie-Nielsen show held at the Popular Woodworking Magazine shop on April 15th and 16th. I know this because I plan to cause the ruckus. Lie-Nielsen’s show is about hand tools – the company, as well as the other exhibitors at the show, make fantastic...

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Come to the Lie-Nielsen Show, Bring the Family

Coming from out of town for the Lie-Nielsen show on April 15th and 16th? Here’s a little helpful info (especially if you’re trying to convince your family to join you). The most conveniently located hotel to the Popular Woodworking Magazine shop is the Hannaford Suites – less than a mile away on the same...

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‘Open House’ for Lie-Nielsen Show April 15-16

Join us in the Popular Woodworking Magazine shop on Friday, April 15, from noon-6 p.m., and Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event. (Both admission and parking are free.) Lie-Nielsen will have scads of tools on hand for you to test-drive...