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Ideas for making gifts

Posted by is9582 on October 26, 2016 with No Commentsas , , , , , , ,

I recently wrote another article for Highland Woodworking, for their Christmas idea special, and here is a link so you can check it out.

I’ve written many articles for Highland Woodworking since 2010 and you can search their Blog using my first and last name, which will locate the majority. As info, most of those articles are unique, while focusing on hand tools, and are not duplicated here on my personal blog.

More content to come here on my site soon.

Thank you for stopping by and let me know if you have any questions or comments.


Lee Laird

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Minor(?) disruption

Posted by is9582 on March 22, 2012 with 2 Commentsas , , , , , , ,

I just wanted to post a quick note for those following my blog. I unfortunately had an acute back situation, that required hospitalization, and that was unrecoverable without immediate surgery.

I’m just getting back home, and hope to have some new content available in the coming days.  I felt compelled to share, so no one thought I’d stopped the blog, nor decided to no longer write.


Lee Laird

Who knew a Chip Breaker could do the twist?

Posted by is9582 on February 4, 2012 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , ,

I was preparing to test a friend’s plane the other day, and what do we always do first? Sharpen and setup. As I have already written articles on sharpening, available on Highland Hardware’s blog ( and search either by my name or subject), I won’t bore anyone with repetitive verbiage. I’ll just get on to […]

Building a Les Paul style guitar…Wanna watch?

Posted by is9582 on January 27, 2012 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , , ,

So, anyone ever wanted to play guitar? Sure, it seems like almost everyone wanted to be a Rock Star at some point in their life. How about building a guitar? Are those cricket chirps I’m hearing?? Well, I’m here to tell you that it does require some precision, but it’s something that many woodworkers can […]


Posted by is9582 on January 21, 2012 with No Commentsas , , , , , ,

Well, here we go. Let me introduce myself. My name is Lee Laird and I started woodworking around 1987. I retired from a government job of almost 30 years, in 2009 and presently work for Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, located in Warren, Maine, as one of the Show Event Staff. I travel around the country and have […]