A Very Lee Valley Christmas at Matt's Basement Workshop

A Very Lee Valley Christmas at Matt's Basement Workshop
December 11, 2009 • 3 Comments

Tis the holiday season and gift giving is on everyone's mind. As woodworkers we're no different than anyone who's passionate about their hobby, and receiving the right gift makes all the difference.

Over the years I've received a number of great gifts for my shop from family and this past year has been no exception. Of course the fact it feels more like the giving has been going all year long thanks to the folks over at Lee Valley and Veritas.

If you weren't aware of it, Lee Valley has been advertising for a while now on the website, and in exchange I've had a chance to get my hands on some of their latest offerings and even some older items that I've always wanted a chance to tryout.

I'd never recommend something I haven't tried myself or wouldn't use in my own shop, so I don't mind sharing with you some of the items I highly recommend when asked about gift ideas.

One other thing I think works in our favor is the fact Lee Valley isn't just a woodworking supplier, but also have a great catalog of gardening tools and accessories, hardware and even unique gifts...some of which I share with you that my family just might be getting this year. Enjoy!!
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Our knowledge is expert, got over years of experience of managing these tools and working them ourselves and making our living with them. Our objective is to get the best tools in your hands and reveal you how to use them properly.

Forged High Carbon Steel

My experience informs me that "high carbon steel" takes a sharper edge than the A2 kind of steel offered by most contemporary toolmakers. Modern steels even contemporary high carbon steels are cold rolled. It is excellent steel common in numerous brands of western chisels as a steel it is appropriate (just).

If you can discover genuine forged high carbon steel attempt it. Clifton make a truly good real forged steel blade "The Victor" aircraft blade is created in Sheffield I have these in my airplanes and replaced an A2 blade from Lie Nielsen to great effect.
Old forged steel blades

Be careful of "old steel" this is terrific stuff hard as good tool steel as it can be, and romantic, nevertheless it can be so damned difficult it can not be flattened quickly enough to make great contact on a honing stone. Those old guys did not have the quality control to be sure that every blade was flat so numerous are not. Getting an old blade flat is a difficult task, once you get it flat then you got a genuine tool for life but kid that is an effort.

A2 Steel

A2 steel is popular with lots of modern toolmakers "A-2 steel hardened to Rockwell 60-62 cryogenically treated and double tempered" is the details on L -Ni chisels.They are without doubt made with a hard steel, the strength allows them to hold an edge for AAAAAAges. That edge is just a bit too dull for me. A lot of my trainees purchase these chisels and I do not prevent them. They are a teeny bit challenging to learn how to put an edge on but thats not a problem. I choose teaching individuals brand-new to this with a high carbon blade as the burr leaves really sweetly. When you understand its no problem to hone these A2 blades.|A2 steel is popular with numerous modern toolmakers "A-2 steel solidified to Rockwell 60-62 cryogenically dealt with and double tempered" is the details on L -Ni chisels.They are without doubt made with a tough steel, the strength

Woodworking Tools Severely Made

Woodworking tool manufacturers need to know that they can not continue to make more inferior items than their forefathers. Or they can not do this and maintain a market share. Woodworking Tools must work right out of the box, its not your fault if that tool don't cut, its theirs and they need to be made to do much better, all them.

When we see in our own workshop tools that arrive bent we will tell you. We will put it up on this page. We will embarassment the makers of these tools till they stop making tools that are impossible to take into use without a week course in tool fettling, a $1000 granite piece and a load of wasted time.


My experience informs me that "high carbon steel" takes a sharper edge than the A2 kind of steel used by many modern toolmakers. Modern steels even modern high carbon steels are cold rolled. It is excellent steel typical in many brands of western chisels as a steel it is appropriate (simply). Be careful of "old steel" this is wonderful stuff hard as excellent tool steel as it can be, and romantic, nevertheless it can be so damned hard it can not be flattened quickly enough to make great contact on a sharpening stone. A2 steel is popular with lots of contemporary toolmakers "A-2 steel hardened to Rockwell 60-62 cryogenically dealt with and double tempered" is the details on L -Ni chisels.They are without doubt made with a tough steel, the strength allows them to hold an edge for AAAAAAges.
A Very Lee Valley Christmas at Matt's Basement WorkshopDecember 11, 2009 • 3 CommentsTis the holiday season and gift giving is on everyone's mind. As woodworkers we're no different than anyone who's passionate about their hobby, and receiving the right gift makes all the difference.Over the years I've received a number of great gifts for my shop from family and this...