A Visit To Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

On a recent trip to Maine I was able to drop by the Lie-Nielsen Toolworks showroom in the small town of Warren on Route 1. Lie-Nielsen Toolworks is a is a family-owned business which produces some of the finest woodworking hand tools available, most notably, their planes.

A Visit To Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks began in 1981 when founder Thomas Lie-Nielsen acquired the tooling, plans and components necessary for producing an adapted Stanley #95 edge trimming block plane from Ken Wisner who was ready to leave the business. Since then the company went on to improve and refine designs, use better materials like manganese bronze, ductile iron castings and cryogenically treated A-2 steel and introduce new tools. Today they make over 50 types of planes, saws, and spokeshaves, as well as socket chisels, screwdrivers, marking and measuring devices and workbench hardware.

You are welcomed to try out any of their full line of tools on one of the workbenches available in the showroom. You’ll also find a selection of other tools, books and DVD’s.

Here are a couple of photos of my visit:

A Visit To Lie-Nielsen Toolworks
A Visit To Lie-Nielsen Toolworks
A Visit To Lie-Nielsen Toolworks
A Visit To Lie-Nielsen Toolworks
A Visit To Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Even though it was very tempting I did not purchase any tools on this visit. However, there is one (or two) that have made their way on to my wish list. Perhaps next time… 🙂

If you’re in the area it’s worth the time to drop by. If you can’t drop by you can visit them online. Oh, and if you are in the area drop by Moody’s Diner for a bite to eat. Mmmmm…

Back to the shop…

2 replies on “A Visit To Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

  • Shannon

    I was planning on heading there when I head up to ME in August on vacation. Thanks for the pix. I’ll post my tour when I get back too.

    Shannon
    rogersfinewoodworking.com/blog

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  • Woodworker's Guide

    Great! Looking forward to reading all about it! It’s possible I’ll be back in August as well, sometime around the 17th. Hopefully I’ll have a bit more time this trip and possibly get a tour of their production area. I’ve had a couple of friends who have had a tour. Apparently you just have to ask?

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