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September 06, 2008

Interview with Thomas Lie-Nielsen

Thomas Lie-Nielsen

 When people think of high quality hand planes, one of the first companies to come to mind for most is Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, and for good reason. Lie-Nielsen Toolworks has been turning out some of the best "Stanley" type hand planes for over 25 years.

However, over the last several years Lie-Nielsen Toolworks has been turning out a lot more than just hand planes.

In our fourth interview I have the opportunity to talk to the owner and founder of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Thomas Lie-Nielsen. We talk about:

  • What it was like to start a tool manufacturing company 25 years ago when woodworking hand tools weren't as popular.
  • The challenges they faced bringing chisels to the market.
  • Some of Lie-Nielsen's newest tools - Workbenches, Progressive Pitch Saws, Inlay Tools, Educational DVDs, and much more.
  • What a typical day is like for Tom Lie-Nielsen.
  • My own suggestion for a new product for Lie-Nielsen: You're gonna love this!
  • You'll even get to hear first hand what new tools Lie-Nielsen will be coming out with in the near future (I'm VERY excited about this one!).
  • And much, much more.

And of course we talk about The Woodworking in America Conference and the classes the Tom will be teaching:

  • Modern Tools: Tolerances and Myths.
  • How Modern Tools are Designed and Made.
  • Bevel-Up vs. Bevel-Down Planes (CLOSED).
  • Modern Tools: Tolerances and Myths (repeated session).

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