Dear Lee Valley,
I have been a Lee Valley customer for perhaps 20+ years and
have appreciated the service that you have provided throughout.
You have made an effort to seek out answers to many bizarre
Below I provide an example of one item that I just completed
in time to give it to my wife for Christmas. Unfortunately,
the original schedule was for three Christmases ago.
She will not endorse any of my projects anymore, as she sees
them as an excuse to buy more Lee Valley tools. Her anxiety
has increased since you opened a store in Waterloo, Ontario.
The silver chest actually uses some design features from your
silver-chest plans that I used several years ago to make the
first chest out of curly maple. This chest is based on a picture
of one in Taunton's Treasure Chests (page 35), designed
by Brent Merkley. I contacted him and asked if he had plans,
which he did not. As a result, I took many liberties and it
evolved into something rather different.
It was a challenge to complete, as there was a lot of learning
to do and Lee Valley tools to buy.