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Have Chisels; Will Travel

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I’ll be at the Lie-Nielsen open house in Warren, Maine this Friday and Saturday (July 11-12) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. On Friday, I’ll be demonstrating “Five Quick Fixes for Less-than-stellar Dovetails” throughout the day in our booth. On Saturday, I’ll be hanging out in the august company of, among others, Christian Becksvoort, Peter Follansbee, Christopher Schwarz, Matt Bickford, Mary May and Peter Galbert, plus, of course, Thomas Lie-Nielsen, Deneb Puchalski, Robin MacGregor et al. from LN.

Why don’t you come on up and see me sometime?

— Megan Fitzpatrick


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  • djmueller1

    So, are you allowed to disclose the particulars of the pre-production tool LN has in the works?

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      The co. is still working on getting the plow plane and the honing jig (which is going t be sweet!) perfect. Nothing else I can reveal, I’m afraid.

  • djgaloot

    Do you need a concealed carry permit for that tool roll?

  • Cooskid

    So what all are you packing in that roll?

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      From L to R, a Blue Spruce marking knife, 5 LN chisels, 2 BS bench chisels, 2 BS fishtail chisels and a Japanese mortise chisel. But only the marking knife and LN chisels are making the trip from that selection; also taking a couple marking gauges and 2 pair of dividers. Oh yes…and a mallet.

  • pmac

    (Cue Mission Impossible theme music).
    Hello Ms. Fitz. Your mission today, should you decide to accept it, is to find out a specific release date and any information you can obtain on the LN sharpening jig that one Chris Schwarz has been using, as can be seen in blog posts here and on his own blog. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of completing this task.

    This message will not self destruct, as that would just be silly.

    Good luck.

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      I shall try…but the company should soon be releasing another new tool that I’m even more eager to see come to fruition. I’ll do my best to post pics of the pre-production model…if I’m allowed 🙂

      • pmac

        It wouldn’t be a mission impossible if you were “allowed”.

  • 7-Thumbs

    Mae West would be proud of your closing line. Do you have anything else in common with her?


    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      Other than a penchant for bawdy double entendres, sadly, no.

  • rockyferraro

    Wow nice chisel roll!

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      Thank you. It’s custom-made by Chris’s former shop assistant, Ty Black.

      • TikhonC

        Hate to ask stupid questions, but do you have to cover the edges with a leather roll? Of just insert with care?

        • Megan Fitzpatrick
          Megan Fitzpatrick

          Not a stupid question. I think it depends on how thick the leather is, how tightly the tool fits in the pocket and how much moving around the unrolled tool roll will get (because a lot of movement means the sharp edges will rub against the leather). I have an LN tool roll that is thicker leather; with that one, I don’t worry about it much (and anyway, since the thing is always rolled and buckled during travel, the tools are secured pretty much in one place). With the black one shown here, which is thinner leather, I use the protective plastic sleeves that came with my LN chisels – and for other pointy bits for which I’ve no sleeve, I just wrap the tip in blue tape (Blue Tape Use #637).

          But really, I think it’s a personal choice. How much trouble do you want to go through to protect the roll vs how long does it take to devise a way to cover the sharp tool edges? (And because I can’t easily get another custom-made Ty Black Tool Roll, well, I take better care with that one…)

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