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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

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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • walnut_weasel

    I will be driving in from over an hour away. At what times will Dr. Schwarz be discussing the rules of tool chests?

  • 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.

  • GordonC

    Highly recommend that you attend. I have learned something at every LN event I have attended. Besides it is FREE, the best price ever.

  • 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.

  • John Griffin-Wiesner

    Whoa. Chisel socks!

  • Gene

    Move fast. Senor Roy’s is selling the truck…!/senorroys

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