Lie-Nielsen acquisitions


My favourite modern day tool company is without a doubt Lie-Nielsen. I thought I should compile a post on the various acquisitions I’ve made so far. Below are some pictures of my first shipment. Most of these tools are by now indispensable members of my tool regiment.


The five DVDs were complimentary gifts that has changed the way I do woodwork for ever. The dusting brush is never more than an arm’s length away while I am in the shop.


This is the first quality hand saw (carcass in this case) I’ve ever owned. It is superb in every way. I have since a added their dovetail and tenon saws to my collection.


Their no 4½ Smoothing plane with a 50º frog and a small block plane that has see a hell of a lot of work by now.


Low Angle (bevel up) Jackplane with adjustable mouth. I use this predominantly with a toothed blade to remove material fast in conjunction with my shop made scrub plane and no 606 Bedrock with a fairly aggressive cambered blade. You will find posts on each of my shop made hand planes and one documenting the rehabilitation of the #606 elsewhere on this site.


Their large scraping plane arrived with the tote damaged. LN had absolutely no problems with replacing it and simply added a new tote to my next shipment.


June 2013

In this shipment I received heaps of Lie-Nielsen blade/chipbreaker combinations for all the wooden planes I’ve built during 2013. You can see how each blade and shipbreaker has it’s production date and the initials of the quality control inspector on the wrapping paper. This is the Lie-Nielsen attention to detail that I love and appreciate. Also included in the shipment were a Magni-Focuser for sharpening, a 1″ bed float, a couple of double extra slim taper files and a DVD on making side escape planes.







At the time (November 2013) I ordered this set of bevel edge chisels they were out of stock at LN. Due to their serious quality control and meticulous processes to ensure the absolute best products, I only received the shipment in March 2014.


Part of this order was a LN replacement blade for the no. 78 Stanley rabbet plane I rehabilitated at the time (you will find and entire post dedicated to this project under the category ‘Rehabilitation of old tools’ on this site). You can see a picture with the #78 sporting it’s new blade and a chipbreaker/lever cap I fashion out of brass as the original were missing. Incidentally the brass lever cap lends a Lie-Nielsen-esque appearance to this vintage Stanley. The Lie-Nielsen replacement blade is significantly thicker than the Stanley original.


The chisels are beyond words in terms of quality and precision of machining. Since taking ownership of these babies, they have see a lot of heavy work chopping out humongous mortises during the process of building my 18th century style workbench. (you will find a series of posts entitled ‘My workbench 1-4′ documenting this process in detail.)




My most recent shipment to date included a closed throat router plane, a tongue and groove plane, and two sets of vise hardware for the workbench I am building. I will try to remember to add photos once the hardware have been installed.


Spice rack February 2013

I made this spice rack for our pantry in late February 2013. I used plywood and scrap pieces of Dolfhout. In the pictures below you can see how useful the jigs for routing dados can be. It should also be obvious how my assembly table assists with holding the jigs and stock while routing the dados. It is a bit difficult to see in these pictures but I am routing the back and two sides all at the same time to ensure that the dados line up perfectly in the assembled rack.



Here I am using my Festool Domino to mortise slots for the dominos to strengthen the joinery. Again you can see how the t-track on the side of my assembly table helps to hold the stock for this task.


I used screws together with dominos and glue to assemble the pieces.



The shelves were made up of 6 mm plywood that slotted perfectly into the dados cut earlier.


Each shelve were covered up with a fairly thin strip of Dolfhout that also acts as an edge to stop spice containers from falling out.




Here you can see it finished on the wall in the pantry. Most of our spice come from our own garden.


Egg beater drill rehab

2/12/2013 – We had our staff’s end of year function on 28/11/2013 at the best Coffee Shop/Pizzeria  in Namibia. It is a wonderfully ambient establishment by the name of La Brocante. What makes it even better is the fact that they also have a treasure cove of old furniture, tools and just about everything else that you could wish for in a historic hotel dining room next to the pizzeria. I found a few old tools in need of basic rehab, one of which was this old egg beater drill. It was still in perfect working order, but needed new handles and knobs.

In the picture below you can see how I turned the three parts needed out of a single piece of leftover beech.


Here it is sporting it’s new limbs.



The final product after a light coat of tung oil.



Shop made winkelhaak

2/12/2013 – So what is a Winkelhaak? It is Afrikaans for trisquare.

I have been unable to buy a small trisquare in the local market, despite trying for more than 18 months. So 10 days ago I decided to make a few from wood and a couple using a combination of wood and brass. They are so straight forward to make that I will not insult your intelligence by showing the steps involved. In the picture below you can see the collection of scrap pieces of wood I chose from to make them.


Here you have the all-wood set. The two smaller ones have Kershout blades and Assegaai handles. The alpha-square has a Olienhout handle and Assegaai blade.



The brass-wood squares are still in production. I will add pictures in due course.

9/12/2013 – And here it is, the first of two, the other one will have to wait until next year. It has a Stinkhout handle and a 6 mm thick brass blade.


Chipbreaker/capscrew/deadman screwdriver

11/11/2013 – I made this screwdriver to keep with my handplanes.



I used a small piece of plane blade originating from a blade that used to be on one of my father’s old Stanley’s. The handle was turned from a piece of beech left over from all the wooden planes I built in 2013.



The shape of the handle and the short blade combines to created a very comfortable screw driver for adjusting capscrews, chipbreakers and my sliding deadman.