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