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Old 11-14-2016, 12:49 PM   #1
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Sixty-eight pages of stuff.
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Old 11-14-2016, 12:57 PM   #2
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I will send you my list, Santa.
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Love that place. Have more of their stuff then I probably should.

I'm not going to look in the catalog.
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Old 11-14-2016, 01:51 PM   #4
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I was at Lee Valley this past Friday. For some reason, I always leave that store having spent more than I had planned on when I arrived.
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Old 11-14-2016, 01:59 PM   #5
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Yah, Lee Valley has its' fans alright. I guess that I'm too much of a hacker to appreciate their ambiance.

I volunteer at a workshop. Most volunteers proudly wear their Lee Valley shop aprons and discuss the esoteric qualities of Lee Valley tools. I bought a Princess Auto apron.

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Nice tools

New tools, old tools, high polish, good feel, sharp, durable, and with a nice box. I'm very fond of tools. However, my greatest fear is that when I die my wife will sell my tools based on what I told her I paid for them. How many socket sets does one man need she asked? About as many as he needs shotguns, fishin poles and Dutch ovens said I. And then the fight started.
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Luckily I'm in downsizing mode....otherwise I'd be tempted.
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Luckily I'm in downsizing mode....otherwise I'd be tempted.
I spent the first fifty years of my life acquiring stuff; the second fifty will be spent getting rid of it all.
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Old 11-14-2016, 03:16 PM   #9
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Luckily I'm in downsizing mode....otherwise I'd be tempted.
We are going to be downsizing our home, but my shop is in need of being upsized.
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Yah, Lee Valley has its' fans alright. I guess that I'm too much of a hacker to appreciate their ambiance.

I volunteer at a workshop. Most volunteers proudly wear their Lee Valley shop aprons and discuss the esoteric qualities of Lee Valley tools. I bought a Princess Auto apron.

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Using tools for a living gives one great appreciation of how much better a quality tool performs and lasts compared to a cheaper one. Of course, it all depends on the skill level of the user too.

I have a few Lee Valley tools. Built great, and with care will last forever. What I like most about what they sell is the ergonomics and performance of the tools. It makes doing the work at had so much easier. Good quality, and I like that.

I do shop at Princess Auto too, and do buy a few tools there, mostly ones that will see little use, so do not need to be the best quality.
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If it was a perfect world I would stuff my table saw in the tongue box and hit the dusty trail.
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If it was a perfect world I would stuff my table saw in the tongue box and hit the dusty trail.
Oh man, I just realized that'd be possible for me. I have a tiny Atlas table saw from the 50's. Laugh all you want about the size but when I was a kid my uncle built a 32' wood planked boat with it. It was his only power saw. After he died I brought it home and from time to time put it to good use. Hmm, it would fit in my tongue box. Maybe I should take it with me to Baja. If I get tired of all that sun and warm water I could whip out a mod or two.

Seriously, I've had the good fortune to grow up surrounded by talented people who could do beautiful skilled work. They appreciated good quality tools as I do but could produce great results without them. Don't know how they ever got along without Lee Valley.

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If it was a perfect world I would stuff my table saw in the tongue box and hit the dusty trail.
My cabinet saw would take a trailer of it's own to haul around, but I certainly could put my portable DeWalt one on board.
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Yow Ron your uncle's table saw is sturdier and smaller than my dad's 1953 Craftsman and that was a solid little performer. Don't tell me that motor is a 3 HP.
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Oh man, I just realized that'd be possible for me. I have a tiny Atlas table saw from the 50's. Laugh all you want about the size but when I was a kid my uncle built a 32' wood planked boat with it. It was his only power saw. After he died I brought it home and from time to time put it to good use. Hmm, it would fit in my tongue box. Maybe I should take it with me to Baja. If I get tired of all that sun and warm water I could whip out a mod or two.

Seriously, I've had the good fortune to grow up surrounded by talented people who could do beautiful skilled work. They appreciated good quality tools as I do but could produce great results without them. Don't know how they ever got along without Lee Valley.

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Yow Ron your uncle's table saw is sturdier and smaller than my dad's 1953 Craftsman and that was a solid little performer. Don't tell me that motor is a 3 HP.
Nope, that's only a 1/4 hp. Don't rip 2" gumwood on it.

Yup, they don't make them like they used to. My home table saw is a 50's 8 inch Rockwell Beaver. I started using it when I was a kid. Different cultures have different rites of passage. Mine was when my Dad trusted me enough that I didn't have to ask him if I could use it.

When he died I had a choice, keep it and my larger saw or get rid of the larger saw. I keep the old Beaver. It's done a ton of work for me and on the rare, really rare occasion when I need a larger saw I go to our volunteer shop, home of the Lee Valley groupies, and use the large granite topped saw.

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Oh man, I just realized that'd be possible for me. I have a tiny Atlas table saw from the 50's.
And a cast iron fence to boot.
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