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Lie-Nielsen Show in our Office: April 15-16


Forget tax day. Or better yet, we recommend you spend your hard-earned tax refund at the free April 15-16 Lie-Nielsen Toolworks show in our offices here in Cincinnati, Ohio.

As usual, we pull out all the stops for this show. And by that, I mean yes, Megan has called to get Roy’s Taco Patrol truck here for your dining pleasure.

Oh, and we’ll also have some woodworking stuff here as well. Every year is a different show, so if you came to last year’s event, this one will have a new program (except for the blessed taco truck).

In addition to tacos and the fine staff from Lie-Nielsen, we will have six members of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) giving demonstrations (I’ll post a schedule here shortly). They always bring some amazing furniture and do a fair amount of teaching both days.

Chicago woodworker Jeff Miller will be here. Jeff is an awesome craftsman and this is his first visit to our shop. He always has some amazing jigs and techniques to share.

Planemaker Matt Bickford is (almost certainly) making the trip from New England to Cincinnati for this show. He makes fantastic moulding planes (I reviewed them in a recent issue) and can jump-start your efforts to learn how to use these amazing planes. I’ll be hanging out at Matt’s bench a lot those two days.

Raney Nelson from Daed Toolworks is coming. Raney just built me a miter plane, and it is awesome. I’ll have that at the show and Raney will be there to demonstrate his miter, smoothing and panel planes.

Kevin Drake from Glen-Drake Toolworks is coming back. Kevin makes the best marking gauge I’ve ever used, plus very good saws, plane hammers and other tools with a modern flair. Come ask Kevin about his time at College of the Redwoods. Ask him to teach you how to cut dovetails. Kevin is one of the most generous teachers I know.

Bob Zajicek of Czeck Edge Toolworks is coming with his dead-on perfect marking knives, awls and chisels.

I’ll have my first public showing of my traditional tool chest that I built last year. I’ll be talking about the rules for tool chests and how this humble box has pushed my work in new directions. And the rest of the staff will be there: Glen D. Huey, Robert W. Lang, Megan Fitzpatrick (plus her three-legged cat) and Ajax Alexandre, our new web editor.

Plus, the taco truck. We recommend the pork taco with the pineapple salsa. And yes, I am a bit hungry right now.

Tomorrow I’ll post a list of some other great things to do in the city so you can drag your family along to this show without them complaining too much. It’s going to be a great show. And, as always, it’s free.

— Christopher Schwarz

22 thoughts on “Lie-Nielsen Show in our Office: April 15-16

  1. tjhenrik

    Also … I’d like to know how much you charge an hour for babysitting as my two younger daughters (3/11) may be in tow and I will obviously be preoccupied!

  2. George West

    Say it isn`t true, no more taco truck. LN events will need a new foodie presence then. Heck you can peek at chisels anytime, food and chisels, now that works.

    If you live near and haven`t ventured to one of these events you will not be sorry you attended. Pop WW`s staff is the best, and being able to see the tools, and use them, and talk to LN`s guys who are there, PLUS *bonus points* for all of the other folks who come. It`s like a Marketplace primer before the main event.

    1. Megan Fitzpatrick

      Yes, I’m sad to report that Señor Roy seems to be off the grid now. But there are other good taco trucks, and the awesome Cafe de Wheels. I promise there will be good food available, just out the back door.

        1. Megan Fitzpatrick

          I’m still waiting to hear from the SAPFM folk as to who will be demonstrating what, when. I’ll post that as soon as I have it. And if there’s something you want to see from any of the PWM staff, just ask. Even if your target “performer” isn’t on “stage,” we’ll be here, and happy to show you anything woodworking related, answer any questions, etc. And I know the same goes for the Lie-Nielsen staff, Kevin Drake, Bob Zajicek, Jeff Miller…and anyone else I’ve forgotten.

  3. kkyburz

    I’m new to Cincinnati and not sure where to find your office – am I missing something obvious? Love Lie-Nielsen tools and would love to attend this show.

    1. Megan Fitzpatrick

      We’re in Kenwood, catty corner to Kenwood Mall. 4700 E Galbraith Rd. Off I71, take exit 12, Montgomery Road. Head east for less than a mile, then left on Galbraith. Cross Kenwood Rd, then we’re the first turn on the right (look for the F+W Publications sign). Or, head west off the exit and the first intersection is Kenwood. Turn right on Kenwood, drive about a half- mile, then left on Galbraith, first turn on right.

  4. Andrew

    Never having been to one, I’m not 100% clear on what happens at a Lie-Nielsen Show? Is it effectively a miniature exhibit hall? Are there classes? Cincinnati is close enough that a overnight roadtrip isn’t out of the question. The list of other exhibitors/attendees/instructors is certainly enticing.

        1. Megan Fitzpatrick

          Well I think so! In addition the the five people from Lie-Nielsen (several of whom will be demonstrating), you can test-drive the LN tools, bug the other toolmakers and try out their stuff, watch the SAPFM demonstrations, plus the magazine staff will be giving demos, too. And you’re welcome to jump in a try your hand at the techniques.

    1. naterajj

      After watching videos and reading about how to sharpen a card scrapper, I tried to apply what I learnt with *no* success.

      Then I went to a Lie Nielsen handtool event and one of their reps did it. I was able to learn a quick technique and feel what a good burr is supposed to be like.

      Now I can sharpen my scrapper just fine thank you. I recommend you attend, you will learn something, promised

      1. Megan Fitzpatrick

        Apparently, they used to come with the chisels and now they do not. For what it’s worth, my grandfather used short bits of flexible medical tubing as sleeves for his chisel and bit ends. Not as elegant – but effective!

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