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April Events   May Events   June Events
Free Seminars
Seating is limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.
To reserve tickets call: (905) 264-1208
May 1 Fundamentals of the SawStop Table Saw with Toby Pond
May 2 Fundamentals of the Festool® Domino® with Bill Scheel (Sold Out)
May 3 Make a Box with Festool with Quint Tapscott (Sold Out)
May 9 An Evening with Ed Lawrence
Guest Appearances
         May 9 & 10
Tara Nolan   Ed Lawrence   Frank Ferragine
Tara Nolan   Ed Lawrence   Frank Ferragine
It’s that time of year — time to start your garden! We will have Tara Nolan from, Ed Lawrence from CBC radio, and Frank Ferragine (a.k.a. “Frankie Flowers”) from Toronto’s Breakfast Television on hand to answer your gardening questions. Ed will also be signing his book Gardening Grief and Glory.
Friday, May 9
Ed Lawrence book signing/Meet & Greet.
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 10
Tara Nolan will be putting together container gardens.
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 10
Frank Ferragine will be on hand in our store to answer your gardening questions.
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

        May 22 to 24
Antique Wooden Plane Sale
Saturday, May 24 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Antique Wooden Plane Sale
If you’ve ever wanted to try a wooden plane, then this sale is your chance. We’ve been accumulating good-quality used antiques for a few years, and are bringing a wide selection to the Vaughan store. While there are no real collector pieces in the group, many of the planes are made by well-known makers and are a fraction of the price one would expect to pay when buying from a dealer or an auction website. Best of all, there’s no shipping fee, and you can handle every tool. The President of Lee Valley Tools Robin Lee and antique tool collector Doug Orr will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

The wooden planes are complete with blades and wedges, and are not dirt-encrusted or weathered like old barn board; they are clean, and the majority can be put to work with minor fettling. The profiles available are all of the most common ones – beads, hollows and rounds, sash, and tongue and groove. We also have some rabbet planes (skewed and straight), blocks, jacks and jointers. Most planes are priced at $10 each.

In addition to more than 1,200 wooden planes, we’re bringing an assortment of steel planes, and a number of other useful antique tools. They may not all be pretty, but they all have “good bones”. Metal planes range from #3 to #8 in varying conditions, and there is a good selection of small block planes. Prices here will range from $10 to no higher than $90.

Doors to the sale area will open at 10:00 a.m. We reserve the right to limit quantities, as we’d look pretty silly if a few people cleaned us out of all the tools in the first 15 minutes and we had nothing left for everyone else.

Hand Plane Exhibit
Konrad Sauer   Dan Barrett
Konrad Sauer   Dan Barrett
There is something about using a wooden plane that enthusiasts won’t trade for anything. Join hand-plane experts Konrad Sauer, Dan Barrett, Robin Lee and Doug Orr for a fascinating look at wooden and infill hand planes. Konrad will have a few of his beautiful infill planes on hand; Dan will give advice on how to maintain and use your wooden plane.
Thursday, May 22
Dan Barrett will be demonstrating using wooden planes.
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday, May 23
Konrad Sauer will be showing off his planes as well as demonstrating them.
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 24
Konrad Sauer will be showing off his planes as well as demonstrating them.
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Dan Barrett will be demonstrating using wooden planes.
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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